Hilton has announced that Jochem-Jan Sleiffer has been appointed to the position of area president – Middle East, Africa and Turkey (MEA&T), in succession to Rudi Jagersbacher.
These changes, effective January 1, 2020, will see Jagersbacher assume a two-year advisory role, based in Dubai, to assist the transition.
The Netherlands-native takes on his new position following a three-decade career at Hilton, where he most recently acted as senior vice president 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, in Belgium, UK, France and Greece.
Hilton expects to open 158 hotels across the MEA&T region in the next five years, including new markets such as Bahrain, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
On his new role, 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 Hilton’s future journey in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, with market-leading brands, an award-winning culture and an incredibly committed team.”