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International senior executive tapped to lead brand campaigns for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Canopy by Hilton

MCLEAN, Va. – March 30, 2017Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced Sumindi Peiris as Vice President of Global Marketing, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands. A senior marketing professional, Peiris brings more than 20 years of international experience to the role, where she will lead all luxury marketing, digital and public relations initiatives as well as oversee the strategic development of global positioning for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Canopy by Hilton.

“We are thrilled that Sumindi has joined our brands, supporting our journey of becoming the fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brands in the world,” said John Vanderslice, global head, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Hilton. “Her track record of success showcases a proven ability to create meaningful and unique experiences for the luxury consumer. We are confident she will serve as an invaluable resource and addition to our team.”

"Sumindi brings a deep understanding of global luxury brands and a creative mindset that has produced impactful campaigns," said Geraldine Calpin, chief marketing officer, Hilton. "We are confident that her leadership will play an integral role in developing purposeful strategies as we continue to build the industry's strongest global marketing team.”

Prior to joining Hilton, Peiris most recently served as Vice President, Global Director Johnnie Walker Reserve in Singapore. During her tenure with the brand, Peiris successfully launched global campaigns centered on storytelling, experiential programs and influencer advocacy using multi-media, digital platforms to expand awareness and strengthen the luxury portfolio globally.

Peiris brings strong brand management capabilities with her international career in FMCG at Unilever to luxury spirits marketing at LVMH.

Fluent in both English and Sinhalese, Peiris recently returned to the United States after living abroad in Singapore for three years. She received her bachelor’s degree in international business management from Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland, and earned her international MBA from Long Island University.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit http://newsroom.hilton.com for more information.

Contact: John Walls

john.walls@hilton.com / +703 883 5232

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