Following news of big changes involving the AMEA operating region at InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG), it has been announced that its COO for AMEA Alan Watts will leave for a new position as executive vice president and president, Asia Pacific at Hilton, effective January 1, 2018.
In his new role Watts will oversee the operations of more than 200 Hilton properties across the region, as well as the company’s pipeline of over 375 hotels. Watts will be reporting to Hilton’s president & CEO Christopher Nassetta, and serve as a member of the executive committee.
Watts takes over from Martin Rinck, who in his nine-year tenure led Hilton in Asia-Pacific through the launch several of brands including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton, and pursued an ambitious growth strategy that has resulted in more than 100 trading hotels in China alone.
Watts joins Hilton after a two-decade career at IHG, where he as COO for AMEA was responsible for the company’s operations in 280 hotels across six brands and 40 countries and territories, including materialising the group’s pipeline and brand introductions.