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Peter Webster Appointed General Manager of the 304-room
Hilton Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersey
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA, (January 5, 2009) – It was announced today that effective March 11, 2009, Peter Webster has been appointed General Manager of the 304-room Hilton Short Hills located in Short Hills, New Jersey.  An industry veteran with over 20 years of global hospitality experience, collectively within the United States, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom, Mr. Webster will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of this acclaimed urban resort-style property, located in suburban Short Hills, New Jersey, an affluent bedroom community of New York City.

“We are very excited to have Peter managing this prestigious property which recently reopened its first-rate Spa Chakra facility after a major multi-million dollar renovation,” said Barry Lewin, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations for Hilton Hotels Corporation.  “Peter’s knowledge and expertise of the international luxury market is key to this position.  The Hilton Short Hills’ close proximity to midtown Manhattan, its location adjacent to the upscale Mall at Short Hills, has fostered a reputation and legacy as being one of the area’s best luxury hotels in the metro New York area.  Peter’s prior background and experience serving in a GM capacity at distinctive Hilton Caribbean hotels and his level of sophistication will be a tremendous asset to this upscale property,” Lewin added.

Mr. Webster has a long and distinguished career in hospitality including a distinctive tenure and relationship with Hilton.  Most recently, he served as General Manager of the British Colonial Hilton, in Nassau, The Bahamas.  As General Manager, he was instrumental in overseeing a $15M refurbishment program which included all 288 guestrooms, suites and corridors, meeting space as well as new restaurant and bar concepts.  Prior to this position, Mr. Webster served as General Manager for the Hilton Hotel, in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles over a four-year period, in which he led the hotel to achieve significant achievements in occupancy levels, guest satisfaction levels and loyalty scores.

Other significant positions included Hotel Manager of the prestigious 537-room Drake Hotel in Chicago managing a massive $45M renovation project and prior to that, serving as Executive Assistant Manager of the 395-room, Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel, which achieved at the time the highest annual occupancy (96%) for Hilton International worldwide.

Mr. Webster studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and graduated with a Stage Management Diploma with honors.  He is an avid runner and enjoys all music and sports. He is married to his wife of 10 years, Georgina, and has two children, Jessica (7) and James (4).

About Hilton Short Hills
Ideally situated directly across from the upscale Mall at Short Hills (41 John F Kennedy Parkway), Hilton Short Hills is at the center of New Jersey's corporate arena and within easy reach of Manhattan and Newark Liberty International Airport.  The urban resort-style hotel features 304 graciously appointed rooms, including 37 deluxe suites, Executive Tower level accommodations and executive lounge, premier all day-dining at The Terrace and The Patio Bar and Grill (seasonal outdoor poolside dining Memorial Day through Labor Day), The Retreat Lobby Bar, indoor heated 50-foot Romanesque-style pool, whirlpool, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center, and Business Center.  The hotel also recently reopened the newly renovated $7M, 15,500-square foot Spa Chakra facility encompassing, a full-service beauty salon and gift boutique.  The hotel also offers 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including conference and executive suites, Executive Boardroom and Grand Ballroom.  On-site garage with self- and valet parking is available.  

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®. 

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Contact:

Mark Ricci  
Director of Communications, Northeast US & Canada    
212-261-5836  
Mark.ricci@hilton.com 
 

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Also See: Hilton Hotels Corp. Purchases Hilton at Short Hills / March 1998
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