Simon Vincent is Executive Vice President & President Europe, Middle East & Africa for Hilton. Based in London, Vincent is responsible for more than 600 operating hotels and more than 375 in the development pipeline, across thirteen brands and 70 countries and territories.
Vincent was previously CEO of Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency and COO of Thomas Cook Travel. He has extensive international experience and has also worked in North America and Japan. He spent the early part of his career in International Banking with HSBC.
He sits on Hilton’s global executive committee and is also a non-executive director at iconic London retailer Fortnum & Mason.
Vincent is also a Trustee of Jigsaw School, an independent school for children on the autistic spectrum and a Trustee of Amber Trust – a Charity for Music for blind children.In January 2015 he received an OBE for his services to the hospitality and tourism industries, having been recognized in the New Year Honours List.