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Hilton Announces New Leadership in Australasia

Heidi Kunkel to oversee and spearhead growth in the region

February 13, 2018  |  This information originated in American English.
 

SYDNEY, Australia and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced that Heidi Kunkel has been appointed to the position of vice president, operations, Australasia with effect from April 4.

Heidi will oversee the operations of Hilton's 23 trading and 9 pipeline properties and lead the company's growth strategy across Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. She will take over the role from interim incumbent Sean Wooden, who will return to his position as vice president, brand management Asia Pacific.

 "With Australasia being a key market for Hilton, I am confident that Heidi is the perfect candidate to leverage its potential and bring us to greater heights. With her at the helm, we will continue to build on our recent successes in Australasia, including our win as one of Australasia's best companies to work for and the opening of our first Curio Collection property in the region, West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton," said Alan Watts, area president, Hilton Asia Pacific.

An Australian native, Heidi was most recently CEO New Markets Europe & Africa at Club Med, responsible for over 15 commercial market sources, including the UK, South Europe, and the Middle East. Her leadership contributed to Club Med's Brand of the Year win at this year's World Branding Awards, an accolade which recognized the holiday chain's worldwide achievements.

Prior to the above role, Heidi also held key leadership positions in Club Med's commercial offices and resorts, among them being CEO, South East Asia Pacific; President, North East Asia (Korea   and Japan); and General Manager for Pacific (based in Sydney).

 "I am thrilled to lead Hilton's operations in Australasia, as the company looks to an even bigger year in 2018. Hilton is renowned for its hospitality and innovation and I look forward to working with the team to further strengthen our position in the region," Heidi said.

Contact:
Jules Kerby
Hilton - Asia Pacific
+65 6833 9762
jules.kerby@hilton.com

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 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 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 newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.