As Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Christopher Heywood leads domestic and international public relations efforts for NYC & Company, New York City’s non-profit destination marketing organization. In his role, he oversees the organization’s global network of 17 international press representatives that serve 28 regions around the world, in addition to leading corporate communications efforts. Before joining NYC & Company as a Director of Travel and Tourism PR in 2007, Heywood worked for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board for more than eight years. He also sits on the US Travel Association’s Communications Committee and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Heywood is a graduate of the School of Hospitality Management at Florida International University as well as The Culinary Institute of America.