Shaping Global Business
Collectively, our Executive Committee brings in over 200 years of experience to the company. With diverse backgrounds and proven track records of success, they’re well positioned to keep Hilton at the forefront of the hospitality industry.
Christopher J. Nassetta is President and Chief Executive Officer for Hilton. He joined the company in 2007. Previously, Mr. Nassetta was President and Chief Executive Officer of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a position he held since 2000. He joined Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. in 1995 as Executive Vice President and was elected Chief Operating Officer in 1997. Before joining Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Mr. Nassetta co-founded Bailey Capital Corporation in 1991, where he was responsible for the operations of the real estate investment and advisory firm. Prior to founding Bailey Capital Corporation, he spent seven years at The Oliver Carr Company, ultimately serving as Chief Development Officer. In this role, he was responsible for all development and related activities for one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Nassetta serves on multiple boards and organizations including:
- World Travel & Tourism Council – Chairman for the organization that works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest industries.
- CoStar Group, Inc. – Independent Director of the nation’s leading provider of electronic commercial real estate information.
- Federal City Council – Member of the non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of the nation’s capital.
- The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. – Member of the nonprofit that promotes collaboration among business leaders, government officials, and members of the diplomatic corps and creates a forum for them to express their views on the most important economic issues of the day.
- Arlington Free Clinic – Supporter of the non-profit, community-based, volunteer-driven organization that is committed to providing access to quality health care services to low-income, uninsured county residents.
- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Vice Chairman of the Corporate Fund, which ensures that our national cultural center is the nexus of the performing arts for dance, music and theater.
- The Real Estate Roundtable – Former Chairman and member of the organization that brings together leaders of the nation’s top public and privately-held real estate ownership, development, lending and management firms with the leaders of major national real estate trade associations to jointly address key national policy issues relating to real estate and the overall economy.
Mr. Nassetta graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce with a degree in finance. He currently serves on the McIntire School of Commerce Advisory Board.
Kristin Campbell is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hilton. She joined the company in June 2011 and is responsible for leading Hilton’s global legal and compliance functions, including oversight for board of directors and corporate governance work, regulatory compliance, ethics programs and investigations, privacy, commercial transactions, and litigation, labor and employment. Prior to Hilton, Ms. Campbell was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Staples, Inc., an international office products company. Prior to joining Staples, Inc. in 1993, Ms. Campbell worked at law firms Goodwin Proctor and Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster. Ms. Campbell is a member of the board of directors of Office Depot, Inc., a U.S. publicly traded business supply and technology services company. She has also served on the boards of various trade and non-profit organizations, and currently is a member of the board of directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Advisory Board of New Perimeter.
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.
Katie Beirne Fallon is the Executive Vice President & Global Head of Corporate Affairs for Hilton. She is responsible for managing the company’s communications, government relations and corporate responsibility efforts.
Fallon has over a decade of experience serving as a top leadership aide in the highest levels of the U.S. government. Prior to Hilton, Fallon was Senior Advisor and Director of Legislative Affairs for President Obama. As the President’s chief liaison to Congress, she played a lead role in negotiating major bipartisan legislation and improving the relationship between the White House and Congress. Before becoming the President’s chief liaison to the Hill, Fallon served as his Deputy Communications Director at the White House where she devised and executed communications strategies for the President to promote his economic agenda across the country.
From 2011 until May 2013, Fallon was the Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center in the U.S. Congress. Fallon’s other roles in government and politics include Legislative Director to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Deputy Staff Director of the Joint Economic Committee and Policy Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Fallon is a member of the Board of Directors for Annaly Capital Management, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the International Tourism Partnership, the International Youth Foundation and the Center for Employment Opportunities. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
Fallon graduated from the University of Notre Dame and pursued two Masters degrees in politics in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar.
As Executive Vice President & President of the Americas, Danny Hughes oversees Hilton’s interests across North, Central and South America with a focus on enhancing the managed portfolio. In his previous position, as Senior Vice President and Commercial Director in the Americas, Hughes led more than 4,000 Team Members and drove growth for Hilton’s portfolio of industry-leading brands. He was central to strengthening the company’s revenue and distribution strategies, while focusing on creating outstanding experiences for guests. Hughes previously served as Senior Vice President, Latin America and Caribbean, where he was responsible for the operations of all Hilton managed properties throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. In this role, Hughes partnered with key ownership groups to grow Hilton’s presence from one brand (Hilton Hotels & Resorts) to nine across the 25 countries and territories in the region. A 30-year hospitality industry veteran, Hughes also held the role of Area Vice President, Caribbean, Central America, and Cancun and worked in several management positions with Hilton across the globe, serving as vice president of sales and marketing, regional general manager, general manager, director of food and beverage, and director of sales. Hughes received a degree in Hotel and Food Services Management from Bournemouth University in the UK. He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.
Kevin Jacobs is Chief Financial Officer of Hilton. He oversees all of the company’s finance and real estate functions globally. He joined the company in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy; was elected Treasurer in 2009; was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff in 2012; and assumed his current role in 2013. Prior to Hilton, Kevin was Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Treasurer of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. While in this role, he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing on potential mergers, acquisitions or other strategic corporate transactions and leading the company’s corporate strategic and business planning efforts. As Treasurer, he oversaw the company’s corporate finance and treasury activities globally. Prior to Fairmont Raffles, Kevin spent seven years with Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., preceded by various roles in the Hospitality Consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the Hospitality Valuation Group at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Kevin is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council and Hospitality Investment Roundtable, a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council, and a Trustee of the Holton-Arms School. He also serves on the board of directors of Goodwill of Greater Washington, and is involved with several other charitable and civic organizations, including the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and the Trust for the National Mall. Kevin is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Matthew W. Schuyler is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Hilton, and leads the company’s global human resources organization. Mr. Schuyler joined the company in 2009. Prior to Hilton, Mr. Schuyler was Chief Human Resources Officer at Capital One Financial Corporation. Prior to Capital One, Mr. Schuyler served as a Vice President of Human Resources with Cisco Systems, Inc. and as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Global Human Resources Group. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Penn State University. Mr. Schuyler serves as the Vice-Chair of the Penn State University Board of Trustees.
Chris Silcock is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Hilton and leads the company’s global commercial team including sales, revenue management, distribution, and enterprise data and analytics.
Mr. Silcock has nearly 20 years of experience with Hilton, most recently serving as Head of Sales and Revenue Management. In this role, Mr. Silcock led global sales and revenue management and drove performance by building a world-class team, and deploying market-leading sales and revenue management capabilities.
Prior to this role, Mr. Silcock held a number of positions at the company, including Head of Revenue Management and Online and Regional Marketing, and Vice President of Revenue Management. He has also held a number of regional revenue and project roles across the business, as well as several positions at the company’s properties. Mr. Silcock began his career with Hilton as a catering and banquet waiter at Hilton Watford.
In addition to his time at Hilton, Mr. Silcock worked in a consulting capacity with several hospitality companies, including large international chains, as well as smaller operators and independent hotels across Europe. He has also served as a member of the board of Roomkey, a JV of six global hospitality companies for more than three years including two years as Chairman of the board. Mr. Silcock holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Studies from University of Essex and studied music prior to his hospitality career.
Simon Vincent is President EMEA for Hilton. Based in London, Vincent is responsible for more than 385 hotels across six brands in 54 countries. Since joining the company in 2007, Vincent has overseen the opening of more than 225 hotels and spearheaded growth in the multi-brand proposition, which along with core brand Hilton includes, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Curio and Canopy. A 20-year veteran of the leisure and travel industry, Vincent was previously CEO of Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency. He also spent 13 years at the Thomas Cook Group, latterly as Chief Operating Officer of the UK Travel Division. Vincent has extensive international experience having held a number of pan-European roles and has also worked in North America and Japan. He spent the early part of his career in International Banking with HSBC. He sits on Hilton global executive committee, represents the company as co-Chair of the UK Tourism Council and is a member of the governing council for the International Tourism Partnership. He is also a non-executive director at iconic London retailer Fortnum & Mason and a Trustee of the Jigsaw School, an independent day school for children on the autistic spectrum. Vincent received an OBE for his services to the hospitality and tourism industries, having been recognized in the New Year Honours List 2015.
Alan Watts is President, Asia Pacific for Hilton. He oversees the operations of more than 220 trading hotels across Asia Pacific, as well as the company’s pipeline of more than 415 hotels in the region. Charged with positioning Hilton’s portfolio of brands as best in class in Asia Pacific, Alan leads the company’s strategy to bolster its market share and continue delivering superior performance for hotel owners and investors. At the same time, further driving excellence in operations by developing its future talent and being an employer of choice. Alan joined Hilton in January 2018 following a 20-year career at IHG, where he was most recently Chief Operating Officer for IHG’s Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. He was responsible for the company’s operations in 290 hotels across six brands and 40 countries and territories, including bringing to life the group’s substantial pipeline and brand introductions. Born in New Zealand, Alan resides in Singapore and is married with two daughters.
Jonathan (Jon) Witter is Chief Customer Officer of Hilton. In this role, Jon ensures the innovation, design, marketing and delivery of distinctive, consistent, high quality, branded experiences that delight customers and drive superior returns to Hilton and its owners. Jon oversees the global Brands, Marketing, Loyalty & Partnerships, Hilton Reservations & Customer Care, Technology and Strategy teams. Prior to Hilton, Jon served in a number of senior roles where he specialized in transforming the operational and strategic models of businesses undergoing significant customer-, technology- or market-driven disruption. Most recently, Jon served as President of the Retail and Direct Banking divisions of Capital One Bank during its transition from a traditional local branch-based bank to a national marketing- and technology-led challenger business. He was responsible for $3.1 billion in revenues, 13,500 associates and 10 million customers. Prior to Capital One, Jon served as Managing Director and President of Morgan Stanley Private Bank NA and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Retail Banking Group. Immediately following the Great Recession, and during a period when the company was acutely focused on expanding its retail banking businesses, Jon was accountable for the strategic direction and overall success of the business. Jon provided day-to-day leadership over product management, mortgage, information technology, operations and CRA. In the early days of the digital revolution, Jon served as EVP and Head of General Bank Distribution at Wachovia Bank. In this role, Jon helped implement Wachovia’s vision of designing and delivering a true multichannel experience for customers. Jon led many of the bank’s distribution channels (phone, ATM, Internet) and the deposit and retail credit product teams that managed product features, functionality, services and profitability. He also led the company’s branch and network management function, playing a major role in new market entries in Texas and California. Prior to Wachovia, Jon served in a number of roles with McKinsey & Co, Applied Predictive Technologies and Deloitte & Touche. Jon received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, where he was a Palmer Scholar. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Jon recently served as Chairman for the Washington Corporate Council of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as a member of the Board of Directors for Goodwill of Greater Washington, and as a board member of the Economic Club of Washington D.C. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his family.