Hilton today announced that Jochem-Jan Sleiffer has been appointed to the position of area president, Middle East, Africa & Turkey (MEA&T) in succession to Rudi Jagersbacher, who has chosen to step down following 40 years of service with Hilton.
These changes, effective January 1 2020, will see Jagersbacher assume a two-year advisory role, based in Dubai, to assist the transition. According to Hilton, over the last eight years, he has led Hilton through sustained growth in Middle East, Africa and Turkey, by more than tripling the number of hotels in the region, launching four new brands and entering 12 new countries and territories.
Furthermore, under his leadership, Hilton was crowned the #1 Best Place to Work for in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and #3 Best Workplace in the UAE.
Sleiffer 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, including Belgium, UK, France and Greece.
Hilton expects to open 158 hotels across the MEA&T region in the next five years, including in new markets such Bahrain, Ghana and Sierra Leone.