Hilton Appoints David Kelly as Senior Vice President Operations for Continental Europe
Kelly brings extensive hospitality operations and strategic leadership experience from almost 25 years with Hilton
LONDON - Hilton has appointed David Kelly to the role of Senior Vice President, Operations, Continental Europe. Joining Hilton’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region from his current position overseeing Greater China and Mongolia, Kelly will oversee the operations of 57 hotels across 26 European countries. Kelly takes on his new role following the transfer of Jochem-Jan Sleiffer to become Hilton’s Area President of Middle East, Africa & Turkey.
Simon Vincent, Hilton’s EVP and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “I am delighted that David is joining the EMEA team, bringing with him extensive hospitality operations and strategic leadership experience. David will drive our business forward in Continental Europe as we continue to deliver exceptional experiences for guests, meaningful opportunities for Team Members and strong returns for our owners.”
Kelly joined Hilton in 1995, based in the USA, before heading to Australia to work in various operations and commercial roles for the company. Moving to China in 2012, at a critically important time for the company in Asia, he spearheaded the multi-brand growth of the China portfolio from 34 to over 210 hotels. In his current role since 2017, he has also led on various initiatives including strategic planning for China, setting out Hilton’s vision for business growth in the region and by helping create a new localized version of the Hilton Garden Inn brand for the Chinese market. Kelly has championed diversity throughout his career, supporting the development of female leaders and increasing the number of women in General Manager positions.
On his appointment, Kelly commented: “It’s a privilege to take on this role in Continental Europe where Hilton’s presence spans many different markets, languages and cultures. I am excited to embark on this next chapter of my Hilton career, working with a team of true hospitality professionals as we aim to deliver market-leading performance and the best customer experience in the business.”
Kelly will assume his new position on 1 January 2020 and be based in Hilton’s regional office in Barcelona. He will relocate to the region with his wife, Carol, and son, Jayden.
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