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We look forward to growing the Hilton Worldwide portfolio with you. The first step is to contact us. Our development professionals are located around the world, but you can find them all right here.

Our Development Leadership Team

Our Development Leadership Team helps ensure that Hilton Worldwide remains one of the world's fastest-growing hotel companies. To find development contacts for your location, please use the selector to the right.

  • Ian R. Carter

    President, Development, Architecture and Construction

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    Ian Carter is President, Development, Architecture and Construction for Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Carter was appointed President of Global Operations in 2008 and acquired responsibilities for Global Development for the company in 2010. Prior to his post, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International, a position he held since 2005.

  • /contacts-assets/images/ac_andy_albonetti.jpgAndy Albonetti, Vice President, Architecture and Construction, United States & Canada.

    Andy Albonetti

    Vice President, Architecture & Construction, United States & Canada

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  • /contacts-assets/images/ac_john_walters.jpgJohn Walters, Vice President, Architecture and Construction, Latin America & The Caribbean.

    John Walters

    Vice President, Architecture & Construction, Latin America & The Caribbean

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    Gordon Coles

    Senior Vice President, Architecture & Construction, Europe, Africa & Middle East

    T +44 207 856 8158

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    Gordon is responsible for both property related capital expenditure to existing Hilton properties and new build and conversion projects within Europe.

    A chartered surveyor with over 20 years of project management experience, Gordon originally joined Hilton in July 2000 to look after the design and construction of the LivingWell health club chain before moving to the hotel division in 2002.

  • Andrew Clough

    Senior Vice President, Development, Middle East & Asia Pacific

    T +65 6833 9730

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    Andrew took on responsibility for the Middle East and Asia Pacific Hilton Development team in January 2004. This followed several years in senior financial, sales and marketing roles covering Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Based in Singapore, he has grown the region’s team to its current strength of almost 30 development directors, managers and administration support personnel.

    Andrew devotes most of his leisure time to his young family, and indulging his passion for travel and music. He is also a mountain biker and runner.

  • Patrick Fitzgibbon

    Senior Vice President, Development, Europe & Africa

    T +44 20 7856 8274

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    Based in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa, achieving the company’s largest development pipeline for the region to date. Since the Blackstone acquisition in 2007, the number of trading properties has increased by +120 (80%) to +270 trading hotels; the number of properties under development across Europe and Africa has increased by +260% to more than 150.

    Patrick was appointed to the role of senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa for Hilton Worldwide in 2005. His first position with Hilton was in 1997 as development manager for Hilton International’s stand-alone health club business, LivingWell. Following this he moved to Miami for three years to head up the company’s hotel development activities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. In 2004, he returned to London as Managing Director of LivingWell before taking on his current position.

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    Francis Lee Wee Hau

    Senior Vice President, Development

    T +86 21 2321 6900

    M +86 136 6187 6137

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    An MBA graduate of INSEAD with Master’s degrees in finance and law, Francis joined Hilton Development’s Shanghai office in July 2005 to lead the expansion of all Hilton’s brands in China and Mongolia. Formerly a corporate finance lawyer, Francis brings to his role an in-depth knowledge of the private equity and venture capital markets.

    Francis enjoys travel, exploring ancient villages in the remoter areas of China and discovering the history and culture of the places he visits.

  • Bill Fortier

    Senior Vice President, Development, Americas

    T +1 703 883 1051

    M +1 310 968 6474

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    William B. Fortier is the senior vice president - development Americas and has been with Hilton since 1996.

  • /contacts-assets/images/ac_allan_zhang.jpgAllan Zhang, Vice President, Technical Services, Greater China and Mongolia

    Allan Zhang

    Vice President, Technical Services, Greater China & Mongolia

    T +86 21 2321 6888

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    Carlos Kusaka

    Vice President, South East Asia Pacific & India

    T +91 9971116656

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    Marybelle Arnett

    Vice President Development

    T +44 20 7856 8060

    M +44 7956 375 088

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    Marybelle joined Hilton Worldwide’s London office in 2009 to help spearhead the growth of Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton in Europe & Africa and more recently to also lead the Southern Europe and North Africa Development Team.  With a career in hotel development, she played a key role developing Hilton Worldwide Brands in the US and was part of the original team launching the Hampton Brand in America.  Marybelle is an outdoor enthusiast and a passionate fan of sports.

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    Mike Collini

    Vice President Development

    T +44 207 8568396

    M +90 539 962 2561

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    A chartered quantity surveyor with a master's degree in property business and management, he has held key roles in technical services and real estate and has managed the major capital expenditure of many refurbishment projects. Appointed Vice President Development in June 2006 and now based in Istanbul, Mike drives expansion into Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe. In his spare time, Mike tries to be as active as possible and enjoys all sports especially football, rugby and skiing.

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    Nick Smart

    Vice President Development, North & West Europe

    T +44 20 7856 8057

    M +44 7976 328 056

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    A veteran hotelier, Nick has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands in the UK and US hospitality industry for nearly 25 years. He joined the Hilton Development team in November 2006, taking overall responsibility for the growth of the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands in the UK and Irish markets.

    Formerly a keen rugby player, Nick is now a regular and enthusiastic supporter of London Wasps. The son of a Gordon Highlander, Nick devotes most of his spare time to his wife and eight children.

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    Ulrich Widmer

    Vice President Development

    T +49 69 66 55 6113

    M +49 160 04 79 57 52

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    An hotelier through and through, having graduated from hotel school in Switzerland and worked for major brands in the hospitality sector, Ulrich joined the Development team in December 2006. Based in Germany, Ulrich has built the team responsible for expanding Hilton brands in the key strategic market of Germany, central Europe and the Balkans.

    With a deep interest in European culture and travel, Ulrich dedicates his spare time to recreating and preserving rare heritage apple varieties, harvesting the fruit and producing preserves and ciders.

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    Michael Cooper

    Vice President Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

    M +27 8365 64917

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    Based in Cape Town, Michael joined the Hilton Worldwide team at the beginning of 2013 to head the development efforts in Africa. His work with major global hotel brands over the previous fifteen years has seen him head development initiatives across central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the UK and most recently sub Saharan Africa. A lover of fine wine and dining experiences, Michael spends much of his leisure time travelling the world to discover new and exciting destinations.

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    Robert Scullin

    Vice President Development

    T +61 2 9266 2072

    M +61 447 710 433

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    With over 20 years’ financial experience in the hospitality industry, Robert joined Hilton in 1997 as Area Director of Finance for Asia Pacific in Singapore. After becoming Hilton Vice President of Finance for the Middle East and Asia Pacific, he returned home to Australia in July 2007 to launch the Hilton Development team for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

    Power boating and jet skiing being his passions, Robert enjoys spending time on the water with his family, and plays squash at competition level.

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    Carlos Khneisser

    Vice President Development

    T +971 4 363 0406

    M +971 50 130 4797

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    Prior to joining the team in January 2009, Carlos worked for one of the ‘big four’ global audit and consulting firms, and as a Finance Director with major hospitality brands throughout Europe and the Middle East. A Certified Public Accountant with a degree in Finance, Carlos is responsible for driving forward Hilton portfolio of hotel brands in the Middle East and North Africa.

    An enthusiastic and talented cook who enjoys reading about history, Carlos also loves anything to do with engines, particularly Formula 1

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    Rajesh Punjabi

    Vice President Development

    T +91 22 6152 2102

    M +91 98211 21048

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    A chartered accountant, Rajesh spent 13 years in consulting and then investment banking before joining the Hilton Development team in Mumbai in January 2006. Recruited to maximize Hilton’s presence in the rapidly growing Indian market, Rajesh applies his financial skills to deal finding and negotiation, using his local market knowledge to create relationships with key partners in the region.

    Together with his wife, Rajesh has introduced salsa dancing to his local community in Mumbai and is a keen fan of jazz and Latin music.

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    Matt Wehling

    Senior Vice President, U.S. & Canada

    T +1 312 294 6666

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    John Koshivos

    Vice President & Managing Director

    T +1 203 463 3405

    M +1 914 646 3707

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    Tim Powell

    Vice President & Managing Director

    T +1 310 744 9723

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    Denise Carpenter

    Vice President Development

    T +1 901 374 5157

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    Paula Muniz

    Vice President Development, Brazil

    T +55 11 2845 0250

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    Thomas Lorenzo

    Vice President & Managing Director – Northeast Region and Canada

    T +1 203 463 3407

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    George J. Massa, CHA

    Vice President & Managing Director, Development

    T +1 786 866 7212

    M +1 305 793 4712

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    Dianne Jaskulske

    Vice President, Management Contract Services & Owner Relations

    T +1 703 883 1049

    M +1 678 778 3877

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    Corey Mitchell

    Senior Director of Development, Collection and Lifestyle brands

    T +1 703 883 5348

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    Gregory Rockett

    VP of Corporate Hotel Development

    T +1 703 883 1048

    M +1 703 342 9686

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    Mario Carbone

    Chief Development Representative, Central America

    T +1 703 659 9149

    M +1 503 7601 6384

    M +1 305 781 6175

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    Justine Jing

    Senior Director of Development

    T +86 21 2321 6904

    M +86 137 0187 5217

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    With an MSc in finance, an MBA and a strong background in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in the public utilities sector, Justine is ideally equipped for her current role. Based in Shanghai, Justine joined Hilton in January 2007 and is a key member of the China Development Team.

    Justine loves travel, but also enjoys spending time with her family. A lover of Chinese painting and calligraphy, she is also a devotee of traditional Peking Opera.

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    Alan Mantin

    Senior Director Development, Southern Europe & North Africa

    T +39 06 3509 3033

    M +39 335 53 17 376

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    A former marketing director with pan-European brand experience, Alan joined the Hilton Development team in 2005 to build the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands throughout Southern Europe and Africa. Based in Rome, Alan’s focus is on the Italian market, developing long-term relationships with developers, investors and partners in the region.

    In his spare time, Alan hugely enjoys traveling with his family, and in particular exploring new destinations with his young son. In between trips, he also enjoys the occasional game of golf.

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    David Heijligers

    Senior Director, France & Benelux

    T +33 1 4919 7704

    M +33 6 6487 5957

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    Based in Paris, David focuses on France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. He is responsible for the expansion of all brands in that region. His past experience with several well-known hospitality groups in Development and Asset Management provided David with a transverse experience from franchising to financing and from construction to refurbishment projects. Graduated with a Master in International Business and Management, David’s experience has been widely Pan-European. David devotes his leisure time to his family.

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    Greg Francois

    Vice President

    T +1 818 292 0359

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    Patrick Speer

    Senior Director of Development

    T +1 310 744 9725

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    Glenn Goerke

    Senior Director of Development

    T +1 901 374 6553

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    Jeff Cury

    Senior Director, Canada

    T +1 514 695 6798

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    Robert Giardino

    Senior Director

    T +1 901 374 5107

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    Andy Potter

    Senior Development Retention, Europe

    T +44 20 7856 8643

    M +44 7974 229 233

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    As a chartered management accountant, Andy brings a wealth of financial experience to Hilton Worldwide's Development team, which he joined in 1999. He spent the early nineties with Stakis Hotels and then moved to Hilton in Australia. Andy is now overseeing the retention process of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Europe. Leisure time for Andy revolves around his young family and he also enjoys golf and football.

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    Luis Alvarado Andrade

    Senior Director

    T +1 786 866 7211

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    Jinjie Xu

    Director Development, Greater China

    T +86 21 2321 6908

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    A graduate of the prestigious two-year MBA program at the Institut de Management Hôtelier International, Jinjie joined Hilton in January 2008. In addition to sourcing deals for the Asia Pacific Development team, Jinjie provides her colleagues with market research insights and marketing support, including arranging Hilton Worldwide’s presence at key trade shows in the region.

    As well as loving travel, Jinjie enjoys evenings at home with a good movie and time spent with friends.

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    Ivy Bian

    Director Development, Greater China

    T +86 21 2321 6914

    M +86 137 6186 9552

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    Ivy joined the Hilton Development Team in January 2009 to support the creation and implementation of development strategies. She has taken a lead in marketing and PR activities across China. With an MBA from IMHI-ESSEC in Paris, where she specialised in real estate, luxury hotels and brand management, Ivy also has extensive experience in hotel management, particularly in the start-up and pre-launch phases.

    In her leisure time, when not travelling to new and exciting destinations across the globe, Ivy enjoys swimming, badminton and yoga, as well as quiet relaxation with books and movies.

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    Kieran Bestall

    Director Development, Asia

    T +65 6833 9754

    M +65 8218 6237

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    Kieran joined the Hilton Worldwide Development Team in 2012 and brings considerable experience to support the expansion of our portfolio of brands across the Middle East and Asia Pacific region.

    Born into the hotel industry, Kieran studied hospitality management with honors at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and started his career working in Operations for a major hotel company. A move to Singapore as a hospitality investment consultant followed by a role at a luxury boutique hotel management company as a Development Manager, working on projects in Asia and Europe, has given him a thorough understanding of the Asian hotel markets.

    Kieran has a strong passion for sports particularly football and rugby. Always keen to experience new and different cultures, Kieran enjoys traveling.

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    Lasse Ristolainen

    Director Development, Sub-Saharan Africa

    M +27 7321 26007

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    Based in Cape Town since July 2011, Lasse is responsible for sourcing new management and franchising opportunities for the growth of the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of brands throughout Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. Prior to this role, Lasse was part of Hilton Worldwide’s inaugural Feasibility and Investment Analysis team for Europe & Africa; later he directed the team in Middle East and Asia Pacific. He has an MBA from Cornell University and IMHI-ESSEC Business School in Paris, and has previously worked in both consultancy and general hotel management roles.

    A former competitive boxer, Lasse enjoys yoga, wakeboarding and exploring new destinations.

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    Magdalena Sekutowska

    Director Development, Eastern Europe

    T +48 22 356 55 97

    M +48 661 977 122

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    After developing full-service hotels in North America for major hospitality brands, Magdalena moved to Europe to take on her role with Hilton’s Development team in December 2008. Based in Warsaw, her focus is on developing the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands in Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States.

    An avid reader of both historical fact and fiction, Magdalena enjoys traveling with her family to exotic locations that allow her to indulge her passion for hiking and glacier walking.

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    Adela Cristea

    Director Development, Central & Eastern Europe

    T +44 207 856 8695

    M +43 664 883 40040

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    Adela joined Hilton Worldwide in March 2007, to help establish the Feasibility and Investment Analysis function in Europe & Africa, before joining the Development team in 2008. She is responsible for growing Hilton Worldwide’s Portfolio of Brands in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Hilton Worldwide, Adela gained extensive experience in both consulting and hotel operations. She has an MBA from Hult University and studied corporate finance at London Business School.

    A former professional fencer, Adela enjoys diving, skiing and traveling with family and friends.

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    Alexey Shatalov

    Director Development, Russia

    T +7 (495) 660 8960

    M +7 9266 978 621

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    Alexey began his career at Hilton Worldwide as a Development Manager, based in Moscow. With a strong background in marketing and sales in the hospitality sector, Alexey applies his unique perspective of the exciting Russian market to building the Hilton destination portfolio.

    A gifted musician who loves playing the guitar, Alexey also enjoys traveling throughout Europe. His favorite destination is France, where he spent four rewarding years studying hospitality management.

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    Igor Dyadchenko

    Director Development, Russia & CIS

    T +7 (495) 660 8960

    M +7 9060 334 400

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    Before joining the Moscow office of Hilton’s Development team in October 2008, Igor was responsible for hotel and resort developments in Russia and Eastern Europe. With extensive experience in development through major hospitality brands, Igor devotes his time to bringing together multiple partners to expand Hilton’s portfolio in Russia and the CIS.

    In his spare time, Igor enjoys jazz and classical music, visiting art galleries and taking adventure holidays with his family.

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    Vladimir Ilichev

    Director Development, Russia & CIS

    T +7 (495) 660 8960

    M +7 9037 761 700

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    With a passion for serving his home market of Russia, Vladimir joined the Hilton Development team in May 2008 to grow the Hilton portfolio of hotel brands throughout Russia and the CIS. With almost 20 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality sector, he built Hilton Development’s Moscow team from the ground up.

    When not enjoying the travel opportunities that his role provides, Vladimir particularly enjoys spending time with his family.

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    Tugrul Temel

    Director Development, Turkey

    M +90 532 505 0164

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    Tugrul focuses on developing the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of brands in Turkey. Before he joined the Hilton Development Team in May 2011, Tugrul worked for a Turkish hotel investment group, and brings his in-depth knowledge of the real estate market to his current role. He has a BA in city planning, an MA in real estate development and is working towards a doctorate with Istanbul Technical University.

    A keen motorcycle enthusiast, Tugrul has a passion for travel and photography, specializing in portraits.

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    Nida Sözügeçer

    Development Manager, Turkey

    T +90 532 798 2242

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    Graham Dodd

    Director Development, UK & Ireland

    T +44 20 7856 8653

    M +44 7767 323 845

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    Graham is responsible for the development of Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of brands throughout the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining the Development Team in September 2010, Graham spent 20 years in the hotel and leisure property markets, working at senior levels for global asset, estate and property management consultancies. This has given Graham unique insights into the needs and requirements of property owners and investors in the hotel sector.

    A keen road cyclist and occasional golfer, Graham devotes his leisure time to his family.

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    Jon Colley

    Director Development, UK & Ireland

    T +44 20 7856 8120

    M +44 7530 260 019

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    Jon joined the Hilton Development Team in November 2010 and from his base in London is responsible for the development of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands in the UK and Ireland. He has nearly 20 years experience in the financial services sector, working for some of the world’s best-known banking brands. Jon brings this finance expertise to bear on sourcing and negotiating new deals.

    A keen scuba diver and snowboarder, Jon devotes most of his leisure time to his family. He also enjoys developing his golf game and watching rugby, football and motor sport.

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    Carlos Miro

    Director Development, Spain & Potugal

    T +34 93 444 70 37

    M +34 628 715 782

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    Carlos joined the Hilton Development team in June 2008, having spent eight years working in development for a variety of major hotel brands and property firms. His close understanding of property developers and hoteliers proves invaluable as he works to expand Hilton’s presence in the Iberian Peninsula.

    When not working, Carlos enjoys discovering exciting new travel destinations. Closer to home, he is devoted to his young family and loves to cook. A former Catalan table tennis champion, Carlos now keeps fit by playing basketball.

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    Alexander Dadak

    Director of Development

    T +65 6833 9752

    M +65 9620 9927

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    As a Development Director, Alexander has been responsible for sourcing and managing deals with Hilton partners since January 2008. He joined the Singapore Hilton Development team three years earlier as an analyst, having started at Hilton on the Elevator Graduate Trainee Programme. Alexander learnt the hotel trade at the Hilton Resort & Spa in Kuwait, and then at the Hilton Tokyo.

    His interests include mountain biking and road cycling and, through his extensive traveling, Alexander has developed a passion for Spanish cuisine and New World wines.

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    James Wei

    Director of Development

    T +86 21 2321 6906

    M +86 136 0165 3627

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    Based in Shanghai, and a member of the Development Team since July 2010, James is responsible for developing the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout Greater China. With an MBA from Nanjing University and a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, James has extensive hotel consultancy experience from his time with a large global hospitality consulting firm. He has also previously worked in a development role for another major hotel company. An occasional badminton player, James enjoys travel and spending his leisure time with his wife and young son.

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    Nisrine Karazi

    Director of Development

    T +971 4 363 0407

    M +971 50 708 1692

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    Nisrine, who joined the Hilton Development Team in June 2010, is responsible for developing the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout the Middle East & Africa. Nisrine knows the region and role well, having previously worked in development for four years for another global hospitality company. With degrees in Economics and Finance from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Nisrine is on the MBA programme at the American University in Dubai. In her leisure time, Nisrine is a keen tennis player and enjoys travel.

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    Komal Gopalani

    Director of Development

    T +91 22 6152 2100

    M +91 98203 44946

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    Komal joined the Hilton Development Team in June 2010 to help grow the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout India. Before this, Komal spent six years as a hotel consultant developing her deep knowledge of the hotel sector in the sub-continent. Since earning a higher diploma in hotel management from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Komal has worked in hotel development with leading international brands in the USA and Europe. Komal is a voracious reader. She relaxes with a daily yoga session and plans to extend her already extensive travel experience to locations "off the beaten track".

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    Jacob Purackal

    Director of Development

    T +91 22 615 22 104

    M +91 99204 28969

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    Jacob joined the Hilton Development Team in May 2012 to help grow the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands throughout India. Before this, Jacob was part of the Business Development Team at SilverNeedle Hospitality, prior to which he led Molinaro Koger's brokerage and advisory practice in India, helping him develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the hotel sector in India. A qualified Architect, Jacob holds an MBA in marketing & finance from Iowa State University, USA. Jacob is a voracious reader and hopes to someday publish a book profiling the Western Coast of India.

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    Juan Corvinos

    Director Development Andean Region, Hispaniola & Panama

    T +1 703 883 1059

    M +1 301 412 7676

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    Juan is responsible for supporting the North & South America development team and helping them to drive Hilton Worldwide's growth in the region. Juan started his career with the company in human resources in Malaysia, before joining the Iberian Peninsula development team in September 2010. He has a bachelor's degree from Escuela de Hosteleria de Sevilla where he also specialized in international law and business and a Master Certificate in Hotel Management from Cornell University. A keen self-taught chef and also a voracious reader, he particularly enjoys travelling to the US and Asia. Most of his leisure time is devoted to voluntary teaching and fundraising activities as well as spending time with his family.

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    Eduardo Rodriguez Suarez

    Director Development, Southern Cone

    T +54 11 5274 1166

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    Eduardo is responsible for Hilton Worldwide’s brands expansion in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia since 2013.

    Specialized in Hotel & Real Estate Investments, and with more than 13 years of experience in these Industries, he had worked for several years as Head of Development in the Southern Cone for another global leader in the hospitality industry, and also worked for one of the most important Real Estate holdings in South America, based in Chile, at the executive level.

    He has a Bachelor degree in Economics from Buenos Aires University, a Master degree in Finance from Torcuato Di Tella University, and a specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Management from ESADE Business School of Barcelona.

    In his leisure time, he enjoys travelling with his family & friends, admiring arts, in its different expressions, and reading about politics, economics and global lifestyle.

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    Christine Diskin

    Director Development, Marketing

    T +1 818 885 1274

    M +1 818 727 9795

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    Robbie Hall

    Senior Director

    T +1 901 374 5199

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    Susan Bachman

    Senior Director

    T +1 901 374 5958

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    Chris Brock

    Director of Development

    T +1 901 374 5609

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    Gary Finnell

    Senior Director

    T +1 770 937 5171

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    Karen Whitman

    Senior Director

    T +1 781 592 3313

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    Yuyu Zhou

    Development Manager

    T +86 21 2321 6853

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    Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Elly Yuyu Zhou worked as a consultant in Shanghai where she was responsible for undertaking feasibility and financial evaluations for hotel projects across China. Fluent in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka, Elly has spent time living in France where she worked at the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as well as holding a number of marketing, e-commerce and analytical positions for Moulin Rouge, Travel Avenue SAS and China Tour. She holds a Masters from the Universite Paris III Sorbonne and a MBA in International Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School.

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    Joyce Tan

    Development Manager, Middle East & Asia Pacific

    T +6833 9753

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    Joyce brings her professional services, real estate, and Hilton in-house experience to the Development team. Specializing in process, efficiency, and analysis in finance and real estate, she has built her career with a passion for hospitality and focus on sound decision-making. During her Hilton tenure, Joyce has partnered with hotels within the Hilton family of properties in APAC to improve the properties’ financial controls and operational efficiency, giving her the regional knowledge, exposure and perspective to assist in expanding the global hotel footprint in MEAP.

    In addition to an enthusiasm for travel, Joyce enjoys tennis, yoga and a good book.

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    Melanie Rossler

    Development Manager, Sub Saharan Africa

    T +27 21 418 4063

    M +27 71 330 4585

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    Geri Wessels

    Director Development, sub-Saharan Africa

    T +27 0 2141 83 929

    M +27 0 71 884 2839

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    Upon her return to South Africa in 2013, Geri gained valuable experience by conducting market studies in Africa as a hospitality analyst. She joined Hilton Worldwide a few months later as part of the sub-Saharan Africa Development team to assist in realizing the growing number of opportunities on the continent. Prior to this, she spent 5 years in the United Arab Emirates focusing on the Middle East and North Africa hotel markets. She holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and an Honours degree in Marketing from Stellenbosch University. Geri is passionate about photography and experiencing new cultures and enjoys exploring destinations which are off the beaten track.

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    Philippe Bonjean

    Development Manager, France

    M +44 7890 312 335

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    A seasoned, achievement-focused hotelier, with extensive and diverse experience in the areas of operations, project management and development, Philippe originally joined Hilton Worldwide in 2011 working alongside the UK & Ireland development team. He holds a Master’s degree in Management International de l’Hôtellerie & de la Restauration from Institut Paul Bocuse and in his current role he supports the Europe and Africa development team, managing the development process to drive growth for the region. Philippe has a great passion for boating sports and design.

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    Pierre Ricord

    Senior Manager, Development Strategy & Planning

    M +44 2078 568 027

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    Pierre is an alumni from Thonon-Les-Bains Hotel School and holds an MBA in International Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Over the last 6 years and prior to joining Hilton Worldwide's Development team, Pierre's passion for the hospitality sector has led him to hold various roles in hotel operations, market research and publishing, finance, consulting and valuation, and underwriting across the Europe and Africa region.

    Based in London, Pierre is responsible for supporting the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa through market intelligence reviews, proactive assistance to the development process, targeted communication and marketing initiatives towards industry partners and coordinating internal reporting to the Development leadership. As a true Frenchman Pierre is a wine and food connoisseur and even bakes his own bread.

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    Matthias Schulthess

    Development Manager, Europe & Africa

    T +44 2078 568 695

    M +44 7944 796 911

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    Matthias is responsible supporting the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa. Initially trained as a bank clerk in his native Switzerland, Matthias has worked in several parts of the hotel industry since, where he held sales and marketing and operational roles with international hospitality companies, before joining the Hilton development team in 2013.

    Matthias holds a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management from the École hôtelière de Lausanne, is a sergeant with the Swiss Aerial Forces and is a keen football and squash player in his free time. As most Swiss nationals he enjoys a weekly cheese fondue, usually on Mondays.

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    Edgar Olle

    Development Manager, Iberian Peninsula

    T +34 935 070 096

    M +34 606 217 036

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    Edgar born and raised in Spain, joins us from the Iberian Peninsula Development Team. He holds a Masters in Hospitality Management from ESADE-TSI and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Prior to working with us Edgar worked for Deloitte in Spain.

    A Naturally gifted professional tennis player until the age of eighteen, it could be said that he was born with a tennis racquet under his arm. He likes to play football and paddle during his free time as well as reading and traveling around the world.

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    Sarah Hannam

    Manager, Conferences and Owners Meetings

    M +1 512 965 9271

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    Lisa Waldron

    Director, Owner Relations and Management Contract Services

    T +1 949 706 7219

    M +1 310 614 6261

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    Frank McFadden

    Senior Director of Development

    T +1 901 374 5397

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