Hilton reshuffle sees new head of Australasia

Paul Hutton will lead Hilton in Australasia.

Hilton has appointed Paul Hutton as its new head of Australasia, replacing Heidi Kunkel who has been in the role for the past three-and-a-half years.

Hutton has spent the past four years as the company’s regional head of Southeast Asia.

“As one of our most seasoned hospitality industry veterans, Paul brings broad regional, brand and hotel operations experience to this role,” said Alan Watts, Hilton’s president for the Asia-Pacific region.

“He has been instrumental in overseeing the introduction of incredible properties such as Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

“Paul’s significant cross-brand and country knowledge will be hugely valuable as he returns to his native Australia.”

Murray will transfer from Hilton’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and will be based in Sydney, where he will oversee 27 operating hotels and a development pipeline of 12 hotels and resorts in Australasia in the next five years.

Hilton has also announced Alexandra Murray will take on the same role in Southeast Asia after transfering from Hilton’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Based in Singapore, Murray will oversee 46 open and trading hotels in the region, with a further 51 in the pipeline.

“Having previously worked in Asia, and more recently in EMEA, Alex brings a strong track record of excellent commercial and team performance, with over 30 years of experience across various full-service operational and regional commercial leadership roles,” said Watts.

“I am confident that both Paul and Alex will ensure that Hilton continues to deliver both exceptional hospitality for our customers and exceptional returns for our owners.”

Both leadership changes will be effective 1 January 2022.