Industry Update
Appointment14 October 2019

David Kelly

Appointed Senior VP Operations for Continental Europe
At Hilton in Barcelona, Spain

David Kelly

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.

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. 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.


Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories.
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