MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) today announced the appointment of Chris Carr, Chief Operations Officer of sweetgreen, to its board of directors, effective immediately. Mr. Carr will serve on the Nominating and ESG committee of the board.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris to Hilton," said Jon Gray, chairman of Hilton's board of directors. “When we began our board search process last year, we were looking to add world class executive leadership in global and consumer-facing organizations. Chris brings these highly relevant skills, as well as unmatched focus on customer experience and procurement. We look forward to his insights as we navigate Hilton's continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."
Mr. Carr joined sweetgreen in May 2020. Previously, he served in a variety of roles at Starbucks for 13 years. Most recently he spent three years as Executive Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, where he was responsible for enhancing the enterprise-wide, global strategic sourcing and supplier relationship capabilities. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Carr was Starbucks’ EVP, Americas Licensed Stores, where he was responsible for the strategic planning, operations, market planning and sales for 6,500 licensed retail stores. As EVP, U.S. Retail Stores from 2012 to 2014, he was accountable for the brand and customer experience at 13,000 U.S. company-operated and licensed retail stores. Prior to Starbucks, Mr. Carr spent eighteen years with ExxonMobil developing, leading and implementing retail operational strategies for its Global Fuels Marketing downstream businesses.
Mr. Carr also serves as a director on the board of REI, a Trustee of Howard University, and a Trustee of the University of San Diego.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising nearly 7,300 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 six 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 more than 165 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.