Hilton Worldwide Appoints New Area President, Operations, Middle East And Africa

Rudi Jagersbacher To Replace The Retiring Jean-Paul Herzog At The Beginning Of 2011

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September 02, 2010

MCLEAN, Va. & DUBAI, UAE -  Hilton Worldwide today announced that Rudi Jagersbacher will become area president, operations, Middle East and Africa, for the hospitality company, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Jagersbacher will replace Jean-Paul Herzog, who will retire from Hilton Worldwide at the end of the year after 40 years of service.

Ian Carter, president, global operations and development, said, "Jean-Paul has been an important part of the success of our company for the last four decades and we wish him well in his retirement. We are delighted that someone of Rudi's talent, depth of experience and knowledge of the market will be stepping into the role. I am confident that he will build upon Jean-Paul's legacy of accomplishments in the Middle East and Africa as we advance our business in the region in the years to come."

Jagersbacher is currently area vice president for operations in the Benelux, Nordic and Italy. He joined the company in 1974 after holding senior leadership positions at the Savoy and Claridges in London. He was appointed to general manager positions in flagship properties such as the Langham Hilton and the Park Lane Hilton followed by vice president roles in London and Dubai. He is also a founding member of the Hilton in the Community Foundation, which is a grant-making organization that fundraises throughout Hilton Worldwide properties in Europe to support disadvantaged children and young people.

Jagersbacher will remain in his current post until he assumes the new position as area president, operations, Middle East and Africa on Jan. 1, 2011.

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