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Craig Dezern
Craig Dezern
- Vice President Brand Communications at Hilton
Career Highlights

Created role of Vice President Global Public Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Oversaw PR launch of cruise shops, attractions, theme parks, and Shanghai Disneyland. Award-winning journalist at The Orlando Sentinel. Two-term editor of College Heights Herald. As a WKU student, won the Willaim Randolph Hearst National Writing Championship. Dezern currently works at Hilton. 

Personal Highlights

Married to Cheryl Willis Dezern for 25+ years. Father of three, including a current WKU student. 

Most Vivid Memory of WKU

Production nights at the College Heights Herald every Monday and Wednesday during an era of assembling the paper with X-acto knives, hot wax, and wooden rollers. 


Craig Dezern is Vice President of Brand Communications at Hilton. In his role, Dezern leads global communications across Hilton's 14 industry-leading brands as well as for the award-winning Hilton Honors loyalty program. Brand Communications focuses on reaching consumer audiences around the world through brand storytelling and marketing communications, including the more than 160 million guests Hilton welcomes every year.

Prior to joining Hilton, Dezern spent more than 20 years as a communications leader at the Walt Disney Company. Most recently, Dezern led a team of more than 100 professionals driving earned, owned, social and promotional media campaigns for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a family vacation business that spans three continents and includes six world-class vacation destinations and a top-rated family cruise line. Before joining Disney, Craig was an award-winning journalist for The Orlando Sentinel, earning national accolades for feature writing, environmental reporting and public service.

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