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SINGAPORE, Sept. 25, 2015 -- Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced four new appointments in its Asia Pacific leadership team, signaling the high growth potential of this dynamic region. The promotions and appointments, all of which internal, are:

  • Ben George - senior vice president, sales and revenue management, Asia Pacific
  • Michael Slaton - vice president, finance, Asia Pacific
  • Rupert Hallam - vice president, sales, Asia Pacific
  • Stephen Russell - vice president, operational effectiveness, Asia Pacific

"Talent is the driving force behind our success in Asia Pacific. Our human capital development efforts have successfully translated into the hiring of top talent and providing them with avenues of career growth, helping them to realize their personal and professional goals from within the company. These recent promotions and internal appointments are testimonial of Hilton Worldwide's employee value proposition of great rewards and great careers. Congratulations to Ben George, Michael Slaton, Rupert Hallam and Stephen Russell," said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.

Ben George was promoted to senior vice president, sales and revenue management, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, on July 23, 2015. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee. Ben's new role reflects the integration of the leadership of sales and revenue management in Asia Pacific as part of global alignment of the two key functions to drive greater synergy. Ben was most recently vice president, revenue management, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. He has been credited with building a world-class revenue management team in Asia Pacific and deploying a best-in-class revenue management service for hotels, which has enabled Hilton Worldwide to consistently deliver market-leading performance.

Michael Slaton joins the Asia Pacific leadership team from the United States, where he was most recently vice president, finance, global brands and commercial services (GBCS), Hilton Worldwide. His appointment as vice president, finance, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide and as a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee took effect on August 1, 2015. In his new role, Michael is responsible for all finance and accounting operations and for ensuring financial compliance throughout the region. He also provides strategic input on business improvement projects and talent development initiatives, as well as supports the execution of key strategic priorities across the region. Michael is a member of the inaugural class of Hilton's global VP Excellence Leadership Development Program.

Rupert Hallam was promoted to vice president, sales, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, on July 23, 2015. Rupert is in charge of spearheading all sales initiatives, as well as building the capability of sales teams across the region. He was most recently the regional director of sales, South East Asia, Hilton Worldwide and recognized for his contributions in driving significant revenue increase across Hilton Worldwide hotels in the region.

Stephen Russell was promoted to vice president, operational effectiveness, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide, effective October 1, 2015. He is responsible for leading the region's hotel teams in optimizing operational synergies and driving efficiencies. He was previously senior director, finance, pre-opening and growth delivery, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide and was instrumental in enhancing the performance management of pre-opening finance activities. He was also the primary driver of several talent initiatives including a regional program for finance graduates.

Media can access more information on Hilton Worldwide at http://news.hiltonworldwide.com/.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) 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 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton 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 HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information.

Contact: Adlena Wong, Hilton Worldwide - Asia Pacific

adlena.wong@hilton.com / +65-6833-9815

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