Beverly Hills, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton Hotels Corporation ("Hilton") announced today that Matthew Richardson has been named global head of architecture, design and construction, effective immediately. In this capacity, Richardson will oversee the company's worldwide efforts with respect to new build projects, capital improvement, technical advisory services, interior design and construction for owned and managed as well as franchised properties. He joins Hilton from Host Hotels and Resorts where he served as senior vice president and chief development officer, overseeing all of the company's design and construction activities.
Committed to establishing a highly aggressive global development and real estate leadership team, the company also announced that Philip Keipper has been promoted to senior vice president, architecture and construction – the Americas. In this position, Keipper will have responsibility for the oversight of all new build projects, inclusive of franchise properties, and capital projects for the Americas.
In addition, Habib Enayetullah has joined Hilton as senior vice president, real estate and asset management. In this new position, he will focus on the company's asset and real estate holdings, ensuring the ongoing value and viability of these assets.
"I am pleased to be able to announce these three significant appointments within Hilton's global development and real estate leadership team," commented Steven Goldman, president, global development and real estate. "These appointments help advance our strategic priority of expanding the company's global platform by maintaining momentum in the U.S. market and accelerating the growth of our international management and franchise business."
Richardson initially began his career in real estate in 1985 after receiving both Bachelors of Urban Planning and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Host Hotels and Resorts in 1997, he held various positions with CarrAmerica Realty Corporation. As global head of architecture, design and construction, Richardson will report directly to Goldman.
Keipper is a 24-year veteran of Hilton who began his career with the company working in franchise project management in Atlanta. In 1995, Keipper led the design team that launched the Hilton Garden Inn brand in the United States and he was promoted to vice president the following year. Since that time, he has led the franchise design and construction team that has supported the considerable growth of Hilton's franchise pipeline in the United States, Canada and Latin America. As senior vice president, architecture and construction – the Americas, Keipper will report to Richardson.
Enayetullah brings a wealth of experience to his role having served most recently as senior vice president – development for Sunstone Hotel Investors and previously as vice president of global asset management for Hyatt Corporation, as well as in various development roles for the Bechtel Group. At Hyatt, he acted as asset manager for the company's global portfolio of hotel real estate investments valued in excess of US $3 billion. As senior vice president, real estate and asset management, Enayetullah also will report directly to Goldman.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,000 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 74 countries and territories, with more than 135,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection™.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.
The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.