Paul Hutton has relocated to Sydney to begin his new role as Area Vice President and Head of Australasia at Hilton, Asia Pacific.
This marks a return to the region for Hutton which he led from 2015 to 2017, before relocating to Singapore to take on the role of Head of Southeast Asia for Hilton.
Hutton will oversee 28 operating hotels and a development pipeline of 12 hotels and resorts, with further growth plans to double Hilton’s footprint in Australasia in the next five years.
“Australia is home for me and I am thrilled to return to both my family in Sydney and to lead Hilton’s Australasia business,” he said.
“My time in Southeast Asia was a period of substantial growth for Hilton, and the learnings and experience I bring from my time there will be of benefit to our significant plans for Australasia this year.”
Alan Watts, Hilton’s Asia Pacific president, said Hutton was a “Hilton veteran with significant cross brand and country knowledge”.
“He was instrumental in overseeing our success in Southeast Asia over the last four years, which included milestones such as launching the iconic Waldorf Astoria brand in the region with the opening of exceptional properties in the Maldives and Bangkok,” said Watts.
“I have every confidence Paul will continue to inspire our team members and drive Hilton to new heights for our guests, owners and communities across Australasia.”