LONDON - Hilton has appointed David Kelly to the role of Senior Vice President, Operations, Continental Europe. Joining Hilton’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region from his current position overseeing Greater China and Mongolia, Kelly will oversee the operations of 57 hotels across 26 European countries. Kelly takes on his new role following the transfer of Jochem-Jan Sleiffer to become Hilton’s Area President of Middle East, Africa & Turkey.
Simon Vincent, Hilton’s EVP and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “I am delighted that David is joining the EMEA team, bringing with him extensive hospitality operations and strategic leadership experience. David will drive our business forward in Continental Europe as we continue to deliver exceptional experiences for guests, meaningful opportunities for Team Members and strong returns for our owners.”
Kelly joined Hilton in 1995, based in the USA, before heading to Australia to work in various operations and commercial roles for the company. Moving to China in 2012, at a critically important time for the company in Asia, he spearheaded the multi-brand growth of the China portfolio from 34 to over 210 hotels. In his current role since 2017, he has also led on various initiatives including strategic planning for China, setting out Hilton’s vision for business growth in the region and by helping create a new localized version of the Hilton Garden Inn brand for the Chinese market. Kelly has championed diversity throughout his career, supporting the development of female leaders and increasing the number of women in General Manager positions.
On his appointment, Kelly commented: “It’s a privilege to take on this role in Continental Europe where Hilton’s presence spans many different markets, languages and cultures. I am excited to embark on this next chapter of my Hilton career, working with a team of true hospitality professionals as we aim to deliver market-leading performance and the best customer experience in the business.”
Kelly will assume his new position on 1 January 2020 and be based in Hilton’s regional office in Barcelona. He will relocate to the region with his wife, Carol, and son, Jayden.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.