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Hilton Worldwide’s Rob Webb Named to Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2012

Award recognizes Hilton’s exemplary IT team and strategic leadership

December 05, 2011  |  This information originated in American English.

MCLEAN, Va. - IDG's Computerworld magazine has named Rob Webb, Chief Information Officer for Hilton Worldwide, to its "Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2012." The award is given to top leaders in IT that demonstrate leadership in the following areas:

  • Exceptional technology in their organizations
  • Fostering ideas and creative work environments
  • Envisioning innovative approaches to business problems
  • Effectively managing IT strategies

"The award is a testament to the hard work and innovative thinking of Hilton's IT team," said Webb. "I'm honored to represent such a talented group of individuals that have built a strong and efficient IT infrastructure for the company."

"The Premier 100 awards program shines a well-deserved spotlight on a stellar group of IT executives," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "In today's business climate, IT executives must act quickly to recognize and manage risks throughout their organizations. These 100 men and women have demonstrated an ability to make those clear-sighted decisions that help their IT organizations innovate and deliver business value. Whatever comes their way in 2012, these IT leaders have the skills, the savvy and the judgment to meet the challenge. We're pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements."

In his role at Hilton Worldwide, Webb and his team are responsible for spearheading the Hilton Innovation Collaborative.  The Collaborative is a series of multi-year agreements with five leading technology companies - IBM, AT&T, Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services and Microsoft - to provide Hilton with technology infrastructure, high speed network services, reservation systems, property systems, corporate systems and transactional website development and support services covering more than 3,700 hotels worldwide. 

Webb joined Hilton in 2009 and provides leadership for systems strategy, enterprise planning and architecture, information security, technology infrastructure, systems development and outsourcing initiatives.  Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Webb has held global CIO roles for Equifax, and General Electric including CIO of GE Commercial Finance, GE Global Consumer Finance and GE Energy Services. He has extensive international experience and has lived and worked in Europe, Greater China and Japan as a management and technology consultant.

Webb holds a BA degree from the University of Western Ontario and received his MBA from the European School of Management in Paris.

Hilton Worldwide has worked hard to foster collaborative and innovative work environments.  In fact, the company was recently ranked among the top 50 private companies by Forbes magazine and top 500 by Information Week magazine.  Additional details on career opportunities at Hilton Worldwide are available at

The list of honorees will be published in a special issue of Computerworld on February 27, 2012 and online at

Dasha Ross
Hilton Worldwide
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About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, September 2011). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

About the Premier 100
The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld's IT Leader Index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at:

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 for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.