Hilton Worldwide this week announced Paul Hutton as its new vice president for operations in Australasia, effective February 16, 2015.

Paul Hutton Hilton Worldwide VP Operations - Australasia

Paul Hutton Hilton Worldwide VP Operations – Australasia

In his new role, Mr Hutton will be responsible for the performance of the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific as well as the planning and implementation of strategies across a variety of key functions in the region.

Mr Hutton, currently in the position of regional general manager for China South, will take over from Ashley Spencer who is retiring after a 27-year career with Hilton Worldwide.

Under Mr Spencer’s stewardship, the region’s portfolio of hotels has doubled in size as he led the successful launch of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to the market. Mr Spencer will continue to work for Hilton Worldwide, in a consultancy capacity, on a number projects across Australasia and Asia Pacific.

Hilton Worldwide president, Asia Pacific, Martin Rinck, said “Ashley has been instrumental in our success down under and I am personally looking forward to be working together with him for many more years to come.

“With our growing portfolio in Australasia, particularly that of the DoubleTree by Hilton brand, Paul brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to his new role.

“Some of his recent successes include the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Shenzhen Bao An, our first Hilton Garden Inn in China, and the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Hainan – Qixianling Hot Spring.

Paul recently celebrated 30 years of service with Hilton Worldwide and we are extremely pleased he will continue to build on his already successful career with Hilton Worldwide and bring his extensive hospitality experience to the strong growth region of Australasia,” Mr Rinck said.

Mr Hutton began his career with the company in 1984 at the Noga Hilton in Switzerland and then took on various roles at Hilton hotels in Australia, the UAE, and Egypt, before being promoted to the role of general manager at Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest in 2000.

He subsequently took on general manager and regional food and beverage director positions in the Middle East, Arabian Gulf, Asia and Australia and was then appointed to his current role in 2011.