News for the Hospitality Executive
Hilton Hotels Makes Significant New Executive Appointments;
Two Former Starwood Execs,
Ross Klein and Amar Lalvani, Join Hilton to Advance its Goal of Developing a
Presence in the Luxury and Lifestyle Sectors
These new hires will help advance Hilton’s strategic goal of further developing its presence in the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Both executives join Hilton from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, where Mr. Klein was President of the Luxury Brand Group and Mr. Lalvani was SVP Development, Luxury Brands Group and Global Head of W Development.
While at Starwood, Mr. Klein was also the concept and creative lead which introduced aloft, a division of W hotels, into the international marketplace to great success, while Mr. Lalvani spearheaded the expansion of the W Hotels brand in several new markets globally. At Hilton, Mr. Klein will oversee the company’s global luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio, including Waldorf=Astoria, the Waldorf=Astoria Collection and Conrad, and will spearhead the company’s entry into the lifestyle segment. Mr. Lalvani will lead the global development of Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle segments.
The company also announced the promotion of two senior Hilton executives, Phil Cordell and William Fortier. Mr. Cordell, a nine-year veteran with Hilton and currently SVP Brand Management - Hampton, will assume additional responsibilities in the newly created position of Global Head of Focused Service Brands. In addition to continuing to lead the Hampton brand, Mr. Cordell will oversee the global focused service brand portfolio, including Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn.
Mr. Fortier, currently SVP Franchise Development, Americas, will assume the role of SVP Development, Americas, with responsibility for developing both the managed and franchised businesses in the region.
Christopher J. Nassetta, Hilton’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “As the new Hilton senior team comes together, I am delighted that we have been able to attract best-in-class talent from outside the company, and promote incredibly talented individuals from within. One of Hilton’s key priorities is to strengthen our presence in the luxury and lifestyle sector. Ross is known in our industry for his creative vision and Amar is similarly respected for his international expertise in the luxury space. I believe that their experience will be invaluable as we work to fulfill our growth ambitions.”
Steven Goldman, President, Global Development and Real Estate added: “Expanding the Hilton global platform is a major strategic imperative for Hilton and today’s announcement represents a significant step toward achieving that goal. In particular, Bill’s intimate knowledge and experience of the North American market, combined with Amar’s global luxury brand expertise, will be a powerful combination in maintaining the company’s momentum in the United States and accelerating our growth around the world.”
Separately, Hilton announced the appointment of Richard M. Lucas as EVP and General Counsel, and Kevin J. Jacobs as SVP Corporate Strategy. Mr. Lucas comes to Hilton from Arnold & Porter LLP, where he was a partner in the real estate and bankruptcy practice groups. At Hilton, he will lead a team of 100 employees, who provide global legal support to the Development and Real Estate Team, the Operations Team, and the Brands Team, as well as providing company-wide legal support. Mr. Jacobs will lead the corporate strategy efforts and help manage the ongoing reorganization of the global business. He joins the company from Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, where he was SVP Mergers & Acquisitions and Treasurer, and led the company’s corporate strategic and business planning efforts.
About Ross Klein
About Amar Lalvani
About Richard M. Lucas
About Kevin J. Jacobs
About Phil Cordell
About William Fortier
About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories including 135,000 team members worldwide.
The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations®, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.
The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, “It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.
|Also See:||Steve Marx Named Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for Starwood's W Brand / April 2003|
|Starwood Targeting the Select-Service Hotel Category with a New Brand - aloft; Wants 500 Properties by 2012 / September 2005|