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Hilton Hotels Names John Vanderslice
as Global Head of Luxury and Lifestyle Brands

MCLEAN, Va.-September 22, 2009-Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton) today announced that John T. A. Vanderslice has joined the company as Global Head of Luxury and Lifestyle Brands. Vanderslice will report to Paul Brown, Hilton Hotels Corporation President, Global Brands and Commercial Services.

Vanderslice, who has an extensive background in international hospitality and packaged goods, has worked at such notable companies as Club Med, Inc. and Kraft General Foods.

He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Club Med Americas, operator of more than 100 leisure resorts in 30 countries, where he led Club Med’s operations in North and South America. Vanderslice was credited with successfully integrating Club Med’s marketing and commercial activities, finance and operations while repositioning the all-inclusive resorts as upscale destinations.

He joins Hilton most recently from Miraval Spa, Tucson, Ariz., where he served as Chief Executive Officer where he was instrumental in transforming the 13-year old spa into a top-ranked lifestyle resort and launched the first branded lifestyle real estate concept, Miraval Living in New York.

Vanderslice also held executive positions with Triarc Restaurant Group, Ft. Lauderdale and its subsidiaries including Arby’s and T.J. Cinnamons, Inc. Prior to that, he served in a leadership capacity overseeing legacy brands and new product introductions for Kraft General Foods.

“John has significant brand management and operations experience, as well as a proven track record of successfully growing existing brands and introducing exciting new products to the marketplace,” said Brown.
“We are delighted to welcome John to Hilton.”

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, based in McLean, VA, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel 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, the Waldorf Astoria and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the
2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.

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.

For more information about the company, please visit

Hilton Hotels Corporation
Scott Carman, 703-883-5803

Also See: Matthew W. Schuyler Joins Hilton Hotels Corp as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer / June 2009


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