February 1, 2023

Paul Hutton back to lead Hilton in Australasia

Popular hotelier Paul Hutton is set to lead Hilton in Australasia once again, following a four-year stint as the chains Regional Head of Southeast Asia.

Hutton will handle the Sydney-based role from January 1, 2022, and will prosper Heidi Kunkel in the position she has actually held for the previous 3 and a half years.

Kunkel is set to leave the chain in early 2022 and the function of Head of Southeast Asia will be used up by Alexandra Alex Murray, who is presently Hiltons Vice President of Focused Service Operations in EMEA.

” Pauls substantial cross brand name and nation knowledge will be extremely valuable as he goes back to his native Australia.”

Hiltons Regional President Asia Pacific, Alan Watts, stated Huttons visit comes on the back of a four-year stint in Southeast Asia, where he “developed a robust leadership group and oversaw substantial portfolio development”.

Hilton Sydney recently invested AUD$ 25 million on a repair of its 587 visitor spaces.

Watts said as the leader of Hiltons Australasia portfolio, Hutton will be based in Sydney where he “will continue to drive Hiltons effective healing efforts, working closely with the companys network of owners”.

” As one of our most seasoned hospitality market veterans, Paul brings broad local, brand name, and hotel operations experience to this role,” he said.

” He has actually contributed in managing the intro of extraordinary homes such as Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

In the function, Hutton will oversee 27 operating hotels and a “healthy advancement pipeline of 12 resorts and hotels, with additional growth strategies to double Hiltons footprint in Australasia in the next 5 years, through an organic growth strategy with the best brands in the best areas”, according to Watts.

Hiltons new Head of Southeast Asia, Alex Murray

Based in Singapore, Murray will oversee 46 open and trading hotels in the region, with an additional 51 in the pipeline.


” Transitioning fantastic skill and sharing finest practices around the world is at the heart of our management strategy at Hilton,” Watts said.

Murray moves into her brand-new Southeast Asia role after supervising a portfolio of 57 hotels with a pipeline of 47 homes.

” Having previously worked in Asia, and more just recently in EMEA, Alex brings a strong performance history of outstanding business and team performance, with over 30 years of experience across different full-service operational and local business management roles.”

Both Hutton and Murray will become part of the Hilton APAC Senior Leadership Team and Watts stated he was “positive that both Paul and Alex will make sure that Hilton continues to deliver both extraordinary hospitality for our customers and extraordinary returns for our owners”.

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