Hilton appoints Guy Hutchinson as president, Middle East & Africa

Hilton appoints Guy Hutchinson as president, Middle East & Africa

Hutchinson will assume the role in Q1 of 2024

Hilton has announced the appointment of Guy Hutchinson as president, Middle East & Africa, effective early next year. 

Hutchinson returns to Hilton after nearly a decade, having served as both chief operating officer and chief executive at Abu Dhabi based Rotana Hotels & Resorts. Hutchinson's previous experience includes 16 years at Hilton, spanning across the Middle East, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, and India, where he served as vice-president of operations until 2014.

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The appointment comes following the sudden passing of Jochem-Jan Sleiffer (JJ) in April 2023. 

When he joins the group next year, Hutchinson will report to Simon Vincent executive vice-president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Vincent said: “Guy brings regional operations expertise, a genuine passion for hospitality, and a leadership style aligned with our Hilton culture. Amid a period of unparalleled growth and performance in MEA, under Guy’s leadership I am confident we will continue to build on the significant momentum achieved in the region.”


Hutchinson added: “I am delighted to return to Hilton to lead the Middle East & Africa region and continue the incredible work that my friend JJ spearheaded. I started my career with Hilton in Amsterdam and have always admired this iconic hospitality brand and its superb culture. I look forward to leading Hilton’s next chapter in MEA and working with a team known for delivering incredible guest experiences and best-in-class results.”

Hilton currently has 285 hotels, either operational or under development, across the Middle East & Africa region, encompassing 11 brands. 

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