Hilton appoints new area president, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

Rudi Jagersbacher will be stepping down after 40 years of service for Hilton and Jochem-Jan Sleiffer will take over

Jochem-Jan Sleiffer and Rudi Jagersbacher
Jochem-Jan Sleiffer and Rudi Jagersbacher

Hilton has announced that Jochem-Jan Sleiffer has been appointed to the position of area president, Middle East, Africa & Turkey in succession to Rudi Jagersbacher who has chosen to step down following 40 years of service with Hilton.

Effective from 1 January, 2020 Jagersbacher will assume a two-year advisory role to assist the transition, based in Dubai.

Over the last eight years, with Jagersbacher’s leadership, Hilton was crowned the ‘Best Place to Work for’ in Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as the ‘Third Best Workplace in the UAE’.

Commenting on the news, EVP and President Europe, Middle East and Africa, Simon Vincent said: “During his distinguished career with Hilton, Rudi has made a significant contribution to Hilton and most notably has built long-lasting relationships with owners, investors and partners. Therefore, I’m delighted that he has agreed to remain as an advisor to our business.”

Sleiffer takes on his current position following a three-decade career at Hilton, where he most recently acted as senior VP, operations, Continental Europe, overseeing a portfolio of 57 Hilton managed hotels across 26 countries and territories. Prior to this, he held a number of leadership roles across Europe including Belgium, UK, France and Greece.

“Jochem-Jan is a high-performing and experienced leader from within our own ranks, who is well suited to further drive growth in this important region. Furthermore, I am confident that Jochem-Jan will ensure that Hilton continues to deliver both exceptional hospitality for our customers and exceptional returns for our owners,” said Vincent.

Hilton expects to open 158 hotels across the MEA&T region in the next five years, including markets such Bahrain, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Sleiffer said: “As we continue to grow, we are focused on doing so in a way that promotes sustainable travel and tourism. I am proud to help shape the company’s future journey in Middle East, Africa and Turkey, with market-leading brands, an award-winning culture and an incredibly committed team.”

Sleiffer will relocate to Dubai in January 2020.

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