HT-NEXT Opens Today! Disney CTO Talks Guest Experience

Attendees of HT-NEXT 2020 will have the chance to hear Tilak Mandadi, Executive Vice President, Digital and Chief Technology Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, explain how technology has enabled new Disney experiences while helping to transform the operation of the company’s global parks and resorts business during these unprecedented times. Mandadi will provide insight into how his team relentlessly uses technology to innovate and reimagine the Disney guest experience of the future.

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In his role as Executive Vice President, Digital and Chief Technology Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Tilak leads a large and diverse team of technology professionals across the U.S., Asia, and Europe. His team is a fully integrated partner in executing growth and innovation strategies for all businesses in the segment, including theme parks, resort hotels, Disney Signature Experiences (Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, Aulani, A Disney Spa & Resort and Golden Oak), food and beverage, consumer products, retail, gaming, publishing and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Tilak’s commercial and consumer focus, as well as his hands-on technical expertise in digital and physical convergence, ecommerce, data science, AI/machine learning, cloud, lean practices, infrastructure operations and information security, provide the foundation for defining and delivering the segment’s end-to-end technology capabilities and roadmap. Tilak and his team deliver relentless innovations and strategic solutions in guest and consumer experiences and products, cast and crew experiences and productivity, strategic business growth and competitive advantages.

Throughout his career, Tilak has consistently led transformative, business-critical, global initiatives well beyond traditional technology functions. He has held progressively expanded leadership roles, while building strong, successful partnerships with senior- and board-level executives across a very diverse set of industries and business cultures, including financial services, hospitality, retail, energy and technology. As a versatile leader, Tilak has successfully created and led innovative startup teams as well as large, enterprise technology organizations.

Prior to joining the company, Tilak served as Senior Vice President, Digital Technologies and Enterprise Growth at American Express, where he oversaw the digitization of the card business and the technical enablement of the business expansion into new growth adjacencies and demographics. He has also held senior, global digital and technology leadership positions at FedEx Office and Dell Online after starting his career as a technical consultant at AT&T Bell Labs. Tilak holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Oregon.


Hospitality Technology (HT) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating for the fourth year in a row to host HT-NEXT 2020, a unique conference for the hospitality technology industry. HT-NEXT 2020 will take place virtually Dec. 1-3.

HT-NEXT brings together executives from across the hotel technology ecosystem, including hotel operators and solution providers, with expertise in property systems, guest room tech, e-commerce, distribution and operations. 

After the 2019 event, 94% of these attendees said they took away meaningful new insights, and 88% of attendees said they met important new contacts.

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