Hilton announces new leadership roles for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey [Construction Report]

by | 10 Nov 2019 | Chains

Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, Hilton’s new area president, Middle East, Africa & Turkey. (Picture: Hilton)

Sleiffer and Jagersbacher will both play key roles in Hilton’s future expansion plans in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Hilton has announced new leadership roles for its business in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

Hilton recently announced that Jochem-Jan Sleiffer has been appointed to the position of area president, Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA&T) effective January 1, 2020.

Mr Sleiffer will succeed Rudi Jagersbacher, who has chosen to step down following 40 years of service with the Hilton company.

A new role for Mr Jagersbacher

This move will see Mr Jagersbacher assume a two-year advisory role, based in Dubai, to assist the transition.

Hilton reports that over the last eight years, Jagersbacher has led sustained growth in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. During that time, Hilton more than tripled the number of hotels in the region, launching four new brands and entering 12 new countries and territories.

In addition, under Jagersbacher, Hilton earned the accolade of being the #1 Best Place to Work for in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as the #3 Best Workplace in the United Arab Emirates.

More about Mr Sleiffer

Mr Sleiffer, meanwhile, takes on his new position following a three-decade career at Hilton.

He most recently acted as senior vice president operations, Continental Europe, overseeing a portfolio of 57 Hilton managed hotels across 26 countries and territories. Prior to this, he held several leadership roles across Europe, including Belgium, UK, France and Greece.

Hilton expects to open 158 hotels across the MEA&T region in the next five years, including in new markets such as Bahrain, Ghana and Sierra Leone.


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