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After 35 Years of  Service with Hilton Hotels Corporation,
Vladimir Sanda, Vice President - Architecture & Design Retires

July 9, 2007 - After 35 years of distinguished service with Hilton Hotels Corporation and Hilton International, Vladimir Sanda, Vice President - Architecture & Design will be retiring, effective June 30.  Vlad has been contemplating retirement for several months, and given the design progression on several current projects, decided that now was the time to move forward into his next chapter.  

After escaping from communist controlled Czechoslovakia as a young man in 1964, Vlad arrived in the United States where he worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and later for Phillip Johnson in New York.  In 1972, Vlad started work with Hilton International as a Director of Architecture and Design, where he was involved in 44 newly constructed hotels in 30 countries over his 16 years there.  He was instrumental in helping to design hotels in Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and the first Hilton hotel in China, the Shanghai Hilton.  Domestically, he was involved in a number of Vista hotels, including The Windows on the World restaurant and the hotel at the World Trade Center, New York.

In 1988, Vlad was hired by Gregory Dillon, who was then President and COO of Conrad International and Executive Vice President of HHC, to spearhead the architecture and construction of Conrad hotels overseas as Senior Vice President of Architecture and Technical Services, Conrad International.  Vlad was involved in new construction of 13 of the 17 hotels currently operated by Conrad, including Dublin, London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Brussels, Brisbane, Singapore, Punta del Este, Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo, Bangkok, Miami and Indianapolis. 

In October 1995, Vlad was elected Vice President, Architecture and Design, Hilton Hotels Corporation.  In this capacity, he was involved in the new construction and major renovations of domestic corporate owned and managed Hilton hotels including the prototype of the Hilton Garden Inn and Hilton hotels at Boston Logan Airport, Kalia Waikiki, Austin, Omaha, Houston, and Vancouver.  He has guided successful progress on several major, current projects including Bonnet Creek Orlando and convention center hotels in Baltimore, San Diego, and Orlando.  He has also been instrumental on Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare projects such as Las Vegas Boulevard, W 57th Street New York, and Waikikian, Waikoloa and Kings' Land in Hawaii.  In addition, Vlad co-authored the Hilton and Conrad International Planning Guidelines, and Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf=Astoria Design Standards.


Patrick Terwilliger
SVP of design, construction and purchasing
Hilton Hotels Corporation

Also See: Hilton Hotels Corporation Makes Five Executive Management Changes; Thomas L. Keltner Appointed EVP, Hilton Hotels Corporation and CEO - Americas and Global Brands / February 2007


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