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
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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.
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Patrick Fitzgibbon
Senior Vice President Development, EMEA
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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

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Bill Fortier
Senior Vice President Development, Americas
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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

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

Matt joined Hilton in August 2018 as the Senior Vice President of Development for Asia-Pacific and is responsible for overseeing Hilton’s strategic growth in the region. Matt is based out of Singapore.

Before joining Hilton, Matt was Global Head of Real Estate Operations and Head of Real Estate for the Americas for WeWork, a fast-growing “disruptor” company that provides shared workspaces with a strong emphasis on community.

Prior to WeWork, Matt rose through the ranks at Starwood Hotels & Resorts to become Senior Vice President, Global Development based in their U.S. corporate headquarters. In this role, he oversaw development in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and was also responsible for global oversight of feasibility and deal approval processes. Matt also spent 10 years based in Singapore leading Starwood’s development efforts for Asia Pacific (ex-China).

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

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