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Matthew Sparks Joins Hilton Worldwide to Lead the North American
Luxury and Corporate Development Team

MCLEAN, Va. – September 2011
­– Hilton Worldwide today announced that Matthew Sparks has joined the company to lead the North American luxury and corporate development team.  Sparks steps into the role with extensive experience in hospitality, real estate and development. He will be responsible for growing Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brands, including Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, across North America and broadening the company’s overall brand presence across key markets.
 
Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development for the Americas, Hilton Worldwide said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Matt to the team as we continue to expand our luxury brands.  His deep industry experience, knowledge of the market and specific luxury segment expertise will no doubt bring invaluable perspective that will help us to deliver on our strategic growth goals.”
 
Sparks comes to Hilton Worldwide from Denver-based Sage Hospitality Resources, where he was senior vice president of acquisitions.  Previously, he held senior development roles at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Wyndham Worldwide, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.  Over the course of his career, Sparks has focused on major development and acquisition projects both domestically and internationally across the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.  
 
“It’s exciting to join Hilton Worldwide at this important point in the company’s history, as it continues to expand globally and strengthen its position in the luxury market,” said Sparks.  “I’m looking forward to working with the company’s seasoned development team to help to grow our luxury brand presence across North America and in key global markets.” 
 
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 93 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 3,750 hotels and 615,000 rooms in 85 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:

Dasha Ross
Hilton Worldwide
(703) 883-5805
dasha.ross@hilton.com



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