Development Leadership

Our Development Leadership Team helps ensure that Hilton remains one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel companies.

Ian R. Carter
President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction
View Profile
Ian R. Carter
Ian R. Carter
President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction
Ian Carter is President, Global Development, Architecture, Design & Construction for Hilton. Mr. Carter was Chief Executive Officer of Hilton International prior to its re-acquisition by the company in 2006.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Carter served as Officer and President of Black & Decker Corporation, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. In this role, he was responsible for all operations outside of the Americas. Prior to Black & Decker, Mr. Carter spent more than a decade with General Electric Plastics, ultimately serving as President of General Electric Specialty Chemical.
Mr. Carter serves on multiple boards and organizations including:
• Visit Florida – Member of the Board of Directors for the state’s official tourism marketing corporation which serves as a key resource for travel planning to visitors across the globe.
• Boston University School of Hospitality Administration – Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors.
• Board of Burberry Group plc – Non-Executive Director of the FTSE 100 British luxury fashion house, which manufactures clothing, fragrance and fashion accessories.
• Del Frisco Restaurant Group (DFRG) – Chairman of the Board. DFRG owns and operates three contemporary, high-end, complementary restaurant concepts.
• Dame Maureen Thomas Foundation for Young People – President of this charitable trust that raises funds to support young people in the areas of health and education across Europe.
Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of West London, School of Business and Management, and received an honorary doctorate from the University for his industry accomplishments and ongoing support of the development of future hospitality leaders.
View Profile
Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA
View Profile
Patrick Fitzgibbon
Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA

Based in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton’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 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.

Email: patrick.fitzgibbon@hilton.com

Tel:  +44 20 7856 8274

View Profile
Bill Fortier
Senior Vice President Development, Americas
View Profile
Bill Fortier
Bill Fortier
Senior Vice President Development, Americas

Bill is Senior Vice President of Development responsible for developing both the managed and franchised businesses for all of Hilton’s brands in the Americas and has been with Hilton since 1996.

Prior to his current role, Bill  was Senior Vice President, Franchise Development of Hilton’s Brand Performance and Development group.

Tel: +1 703 883 1051

Email: bill.fortier@hilton.com

View Profile
Matt Fry
Senior Vice President Development, Asia Pacific
View Profile
Matt Fry
Matt Fry
Senior Vice President Development, Asia Pacific

Tel: +65 6833 9725
M: +65 9627 1741

View Profile
Francis Lee Wee Hau
Senior Vice President Development, Greater China & Mongolia
View Profile
Francis Lee Wee Hau
Francis Lee Wee Hau
Senior Vice President Development, Greater China & Mongolia

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.

T +86 21 2321 6900

M +86 136 6187 6137

View Profile
Guy Phillips
Senior Vice President Development, Asia & Australasia
View Profile
Guy Phillips
Guy Phillips
Senior Vice President Development, Asia & Australasia

Guy is Senior Vice President Development responsible for the Asia & Australasia region. He joined Hilton in 2002 and has worked in development in Asia Pacific throughout this period.

Tel: +65 6533 9750

Mob: +65 9138 7056

View Profile