Hilton Worldwide Names John Rogers Global Head, Embassy Suites Hotels

Hospitality Industry Veteran Joins Embassy Suites from Hilton in United Kingdom

MCLEAN, Va. - September 27, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Worldwide today announced that John Rogers has joined Embassy Suites as global head of the all-suite, upper upscale, full-service brand. In this position, Rogers will oversee all aspects of brand management including global development, brand performance support, brand marketing and PR, brand sales, revenue management and franchise owner relations. Rogers will be based at Hilton Worldwide’s global headquarters in McLean, VA.

Rogers joins Embassy Suites from Hilton in the United Kingdom, which he joined in 2007. He most recently served as regional vice president, overseeing 30 hotels as well as Hilton’s Livingwell leisure clubs and Hilton Spa operations across Europe. His prior accomplishments while in this role include the introduction of three new Hilton brands (Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton) into the UK, the roll-out of four new restaurant concepts and the development and implementation of a revised operating model within the division.

“John Rogers’ branding expertise, operations approach and passion for the business make him the ideal leader for Embassy Suites, especially as the brand embarks on growing market share and hotels in the pipeline, while driving strong quality and consistency across the portfolio,” said Jim Holthouser, global head, full-service brands who previously held the role of global head, full-service brands and Embassy Suites Hotels. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to the Embassy Suites team as global head and pleased about what he’ll bring to the brand: valuable and diverse experience in hospitality and consumer marketing, as well as a leadership style that has made a significant mark on the performance and culture of every business he runs.”

Rogers also brings valuable hotel industry experience from positions at De Vere Group and Whitbread. As sales and marketing director for De Vere Group, he handled brand strategy, sales and revenue management and distribution across the company’s portfolio of hotels, resorts and fitness clubs. He also worked as director of marketing for Whitbread, the Marriott master franchise holder in the UK at the time, where he was responsible for marketing and food and beverage strategy.

Rogers’ experience in marketing and brand management also includes Whitbread’s Costa Coffee brand and Ford Motor Company. He spent 13 years at Ford progressing through various sales, marketing and operational positions, notably Ford Fleet Operations marketing and the Ford Focus UK launch.

Rogers earned his degree in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics & Political Science. He is also a former member of the National Council for the British Hospitality Association.

About Embassy Suites Hotels

Embassy Suites Hotels, one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands and one of Parents magazine’s 10 Best Hotel Chains for Families of 2012, gives guests more during every stay. The full service, upscale brand offers spacious two-room suites, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly Manager’s Reception with complimentary appetizers and beverages. Both leisure and business travelers looking for an approachable, upscale experience feel right at home in the brand’s inviting atrium environment. Embassy Suites Hotels has 213 properties across the Americas nearly 30 more in the pipeline. For more information, visit embassysuites.com, and connect with Embassy Suites at embassysuitesmediacenter.com, facebook.com/embassysuiteshotels and twitter.com/EmbassySuites.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 640,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

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Contacts:

Embassy Suites Hotels

Jacqueline Toppings
+1 703-883-6587
Jacqueline.Toppings@hilton.com

Lisa Harrison
+1 212-805-8019
Lisa.Harrison@emanatepr.com

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