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NEW YORK and McLEAN, Va. - July 16, 2014 - The Waldorf Astoria New York announces the appointment of Ronen Nissenbaum as managing director of the Waldorf Astoria and Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York. Nissenbaum, an accomplished hospitality executive with more than 30 years of international experience, will direct and oversee the day-to-day operations of the landmark hotel. 

The flagship Waldorf Astoria New York and its Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, the intimate, richly appointed luxury hotel with an exclusive entrance steps off Park Avenue, have led the way for the luxury hospitality industry. Nissenbaum will apply his extensive experience in all facets of the hospitality industry to ensure the flagship property continues to provide authentic moments, unforgettable experiences and True Waldorf Service, the cornerstones of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts brand. His expertise and leadership will further solidify the property as a legendary Park Avenue landmark and an icon that inspires the world in providing an unsurpassed hospitality experience to the discerning traveler. 

"We are thrilled to have Ronen at the helm of our flagship hotel for the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts brand," remarked Keith Clampet, senior vice president of hotel operations for Hilton Worldwide. "Ronen's wide-ranging, global expertise in the hospitality industry will be a key asset in overseeing a hotel that caters to influential international travelers."

Most recently, Nissenbaum served as the president and CEO of The Plaza Group including overseeing the Plaza Hotel in New York as well as development of the Plaza hotel brand. Prior to this role, he held extensive leadership positions at properties around the globe including senior executive vice president of operations at Marina Bay Sands Singapore where he opened and managed the largest integrated resort in Southeast Asia. Nissenbaum's other global hospitality positions include senior management roles with Forte hotels in London and Euro Disney in Paris. Nissenbaum also had a successful 13 year tenure with InterContinental Hotel Group holding various roles from general manager in Tel-Aviv, Berlin, Paris and Atlanta to regional vice president of operations for North America. His hospitality career began with positions in the front office and food and beverage departments at properties in Belgium, Switzerland and Israel. 

Ronen earned an executive MBA from the renowned Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Ronen is a graduate of the Swiss Hotel School "Les Roches". He is also a veteran of the Israeli Air Force and speaks several languages including English, French, German and Hebrew. 

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 24 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world's most sought after locations.  Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service.  Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out.  From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences.  Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company.  Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels.  For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences.  The company's portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with nearly 672,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including 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 an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.

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