Hilton announced Alan Watts as executive vice president & president of Asia Pacific (APAC) this week. In his new role, Watts will oversee the operations of more than 200 Hilton properties across the region, as well as the company’s pipeline of more than 375 hotels.
“Hilton’s mission is to be the most hospitable company in the world, everywhere our guests want to be. With more destinations than ever before in Asia Pacific, we are well on our way to achieving that, thanks to Martin’s outstanding leadership,” said Hilton’s president & CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta, “We are incredibly fortunate to now have Alan Watts, who has established himself as an experienced and high-performing leader in the region, to pilot Hilton’s APAC journey from here. I am confident that Alan will use his expertise to deliver superior performance for our hotel owners and investors, and further drive growth.”
Mr Watts takes over the role from Martin Rinck, who over the last nine years led Hilton through historical growth in APAC and helped position the Hilton portfolio of brands as best in class in the region. Following Watt’s transition into the role, Rinck will join his family in Canada to pursue other opportunities at Hilton.
Looking forward to his new role, effective January 1 2018, Mr Watts said “I’m excited to be joining Hilton at such a pivotal time for the company in the APAC region. I look forward to leading the team to ensure that Hilton continues to deliver theexceptional hospitality the company is known for all over the world. With market-leading growth and high-performing brands, there is no better time to be at Hilton, and I am incredibly proud to help shape the company’s APAC journey.”