Hilton has appointed Paul Hutton to the position of head of Australasia, while Alexandra (Alex) Murray will take on the role of head of South-east Asia, with both leadership changes effective January 1, 2022.
Hutton will succeed Heidi Kunkel, who has led the Australasia region over the past 3.5ears. The move represents a return to the Australasia leadership role for Hutton, who spent the past four years as Hiltonâ€™s regional head of South-east Asia, where he built a robust leadership team and oversaw significant portfolio growth.
As the leader of Hiltonâ€™s Australasia portfolio, Hutton will be based in Sydney where he will continue to drive Hiltonâ€™s successful recovery efforts, working closely with the companyâ€™s network of owners. In this role, he will oversee 27 operating hotels and a development pipeline of 12 hotels and resorts, with further growth plans to double Hiltonâ€™s footprint in Australasia in the next five years.
Taking up the South-east Asia leadership role is Murray, who will transfer from Hiltonâ€™s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa. In that role, Alex oversaw a portfolio of 57 hotels with a pipeline of 47 properties.
Based in Singapore, Murray will oversee 46 open and trading hotels in the region, with a further 51 in the pipeline â€“ including the largest Hilton hotel in the APAC region.
Both Hutton and Murray will be part of the Hilton APAC Senior Leadership Team.