Hilton Worldwide has had another stellar year under the leadership of Rudi Jagersbacher, who maintains his second position place in the Hotelier Middle East Power 50.
Since taking up his role in January 2011, Jagersbacher has overseen a period of major growth for the company in the Middle East, not to mention Africa and Indian Ocean which he is also responsible for. The Middle East, Egypt and Levant portfolio alone comprises 41 operating hotels and 39 in the confirmed pipeline.
In the past year, five hotels have opened, including the company’s debut in Qatar, Hilton Doha, as well as DoubleTree by Hilton, RAK; Hilton Jumeirah Hotel Apartment, Dubai; Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, Lebanon; and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, Lebanon, the latter two marking an all-important partnership with Dubai’s Habtoor Group, which is also developing a Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah — one of Hilton’s most prestigious recent signings.
In total, Jagersbacher has signed 14 hotels in the wider Middle East over the past year, including two in Iraqi Kurdistan, two in Qatar and two in Morocco. Development is not likely to slow down either, with 13 hotels scheduled to open over the next 12 months, including Conrad Dubai, Hilton Al Hamra Resort & Spa, Waldorf Astoria RAK, DoubleTree by Hilton Bur Dubai and Hilton Riyadh King Saud University.
Beyond the Middle East, Jagersbacher is also responsible for 15 hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean and 12 in the pipeline in those markets.
A Hilton veteran, Austrian national Jagersbacher joined Hilton Worldwide in 1974. His career has included vice president roles in London, Dubai and Brussels. He is also a founding member of the Hilton in the Community Foundation, which fund raises to support disadvantaged children.