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Hilton Worldwide Names Edmond Ip as
Chairman, Greater China


MCLEAN, Va.--Hilton Worldwide today announced the appointment of Edmond Ip as Chairman, Greater China. In this new role, Edmond will act as an adviser to Hilton Worldwide, primarily overseeing all of the company’s operational interests in Greater China, including implementing a new organizational structure, assisting in recruiting best-in-class talent, and aggregating the growth from the numerous hotel openings in the next few years. Ip will be based between Singapore and Shanghai.

Ip brings with him more than 30 years of expertise in the hospitality business. He was most recently Non-Executive Director and Chief Adviser to the Board of the Kosmopolito Hotels International Ltd. Prior to this, Ip had a more than 10-year career with the Intercontinental Hotels Group, where he held several positions, including Chief Adviser for Asia Pacific. Prior to the Intercontinental Hotels Group, Ip held senior positions in CDL Hotel International and the Thai Wah Group of Companies, including being the co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts.

Ip’s career in hospitality began at Hyatt International Corporation in 1973, mainly with a background in Finance. During his tenure there, he was based in Indonesia, Singapore, London and the company’s Chicago headquarters. Prior to joining the hospitality industry, Ip was the Group Chief Accountant for Li Po Chin Group of Companies in Hong Kong, and Auditor at the then Price Waterhouse in Hong Kong.

“China has become one of Hilton Worldwide’s most important markets outside the United States. Ip’s extensive 30-year experience in the hospitality business will be an asset as we chart an accelerated growth path to increase our trading hotels from 18 to over 100 in the next five years,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.

To achieve greater efficiency and effective management, Hilton Worldwide will also geographically segment its China operations further into three sub-regions namely the North, Central and South regions.

Guy Hutchinson, currently General Manager of Hilton Shanghai, will become Regional General Manager for the Northern region. Hutchinson will relocate to Beijing in his new role. Paul Hutton, currently General Manager of Hilton Sydney, will assume the position of Regional General Manager for the Southern region, based out of Hong Kong. Timothy Soper, Vice President, Operations, will assume responsibility for the Central region, while at the same time continuing his role as Head of Operations for China, and will continue to be based in Shanghai.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
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Contact:

Hilton Worldwide
Anne Marie Chua, +65 9726 5862
annemarie.chua@hilton.com


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