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Christian Kuhn Named Vice President, Marketing for
Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton

McLean, VA., May 22 2012
– Homewood Suites by Hilton, the international brand of upscale, all-suite, residential-style hotels , and Home2 Suites by Hilton, the award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended-stay guests, announce the appointment of Christian Kuhn as vice president, marketing. In his new role, Kuhn is responsible for the strategic development of Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites’ global brand positioning and leading overall marketing initiatives to drive revenue, improve market share, build brand loyalty, and support development growth.

Prior to joining Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites, Kuhn served as director of brand marketing for Embassy Suites.  During his three year tenure at Embassy Suites, Kuhn created and launched over 12 unique promotional sweepstakes, each setting new ROI records.  He also guided the brand to build its first econometric model which ultimately led to the creation of the award-winning television marketing campaign featuring the “Mr. More” character.   Under his leadership the Embassy Suites marketing team was awarded the Travel Weekly Gold Magellan for TV Campaigns, two Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) Adrian Awards - Silver for Sweepstakes and Bronze for Complete Advertising, The Premier Print Award as well as a Platinum Hermes Creative award.

“Christian brings an innovative results-driven approach to our award-winning extended-stay brands,” said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton.  “Looking at his track-record with Embassy Suites, his strategic guidance will be an asset as we look to build upon our recent successes and set new growth records for both Homewood and Home2 Suites.”

Kuhn has more than 20 years of marketing experience, with more than 12 years at America Online (AOL) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  At each organization he leveraged his marketing expertise in addition to his database marketing and segmentation background to create best in class marketing concepts and promotions.

Kuhn, his wife Laura and their two children will be relocating from the McLean, VA Hilton Worldwide headquarters to the Memphis Commercial Services Center.

About Homewood Suites

Launched in 1989, the Homewood Suites by Hilton brand today has more than 300 hotels open with approximately 80 in the development pipeline. Beyond its spacious suites and home-like amenities, additional guest features include an on-site Suite Shop convenience store, complimentary grocery shopping services**, a complete business center, and laundry services at most locations. For more information, please visit www.homewoodsuites.com.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, the newest addition to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, is a mid-tier, extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations, flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest.  As the fastest growing brand in the history of Hilton Worldwide, Memphis, Tenn.-based Home2 Suites offers a complimentary breakfast selection; innovative and customizable guest room design; combination laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations. For more information about Home2 Suites by Hilton visit www.home2mediacenter.com. For information on franchising opportunities, visit http://www.home2franchise.com/.

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 offered 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 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 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®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws.  Must be of legal drinking age.
**Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

Contact:

Jennifer Hughes
Homewood Suites / Home2 Suites by Hilton
(901) 374-6518
jennifer.hughes@hilton.com

 


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