Hilton recruits new Middle East and Africa leader

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Hilton Worldwide has filled the post of president, Middle East and Africa following the sudden passing of Jochem-Jan (JJ) Sleiffer in April this year.

Guy Hutchinson will take up the role in early 2024, returning to Hilton after nearly a decade, having served as both COO and CEO at Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Hotels & Resorts.

International experience

Hutchinson’s previous experience includes 16 years at Hilton, spanning across the Middle East, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, and India, where he served as vice president of operations until 2014.

He will be based at Hilton’s regional office in Dubai and report to Simon Vincent, EVP and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton.

Continuing a legacy

Previous incumbent Sleiffer contributed over 33 years of dedicated service to Hilton, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of fostering culture, driving growth, and achieving outstanding performance within Hilton’s European and Middle East and Africa markets.

Hutchinson said: “I am delighted to return to Hilton to lead the Middle East and Africa region and continue the incredible work that my friend JJ spearheaded. I started my career with Hilton in Amsterdam and have always admired this iconic hospitality brand and its superb culture. I look forward to leading Hilton’s next chapter in MEA and working with a team known for delivering incredible guest experiences and best-in-class results.”

The right individual

Vincent commented: “Finding the right individual to propel our Middle East and Africa region forward has been of the utmost importance as we considered this pivotal leadership position. Guy brings regional operations expertise, genuine passion for hospitality, and a leadership style aligned with our Hilton culture.

“Amidst a period of unparalleled growth and performance in MEA, under Guy’s leadership I am confident we will continue to build on the significant momentum achieved in the region.”

Regional portfolio

Hilton currently has a presence of 285 hotels, either operational or under development, across the Middle East and Africa region, encompassing 11 brands.

In 2023, the company has secured new agreements that will usher Hilton’s hospitality to destinations such as Ghana (Hilton Accra Cantonments), Nigeria (Koko Beach Resort Ilashe Lagos, Curio Collection by Hilton), Egypt (Hilton Marsa Wazar Red Sea Resort & Spa), and Saudi Arabia (Conrad Riyadh Laysen Valley, Canopy by Hilton Porta Jeddah, Hilton The Point Residences and Canopy by Hilton The Point, among others).