Hilton hires to expand pipeline

SINGAPORE, 6 May 2021: Hilton appointed Clarence Tan as senior vice president, development Asia Pacific, effective 1 May.

With more than 20 years of experience, he joins Hilton from the international hotel management and development company Valor Hospitality, where he served as the principal and corporate advisor.

Clarence Tan.

He also served as  Group CEO at Millennium & Copthorne and worked at IHG in several senior leadership positions, including as chief operating officer for Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

He will be based in Hilton’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, reporting to both Hilton Asia Pacific president Alan Watts, and chief financial officer and president global development, Kevin Jacobs.

Tan takes over from Matt Fry, who leaves Hilton and his role in Singapore to return to the United States.

During his three years with Hilton, Fry secured an agreement with Country Garden to launch the Home2 Suites brand in China and extended an agreement with Plateno Group to significantly expand the Hampton by Hilton brand’s presence in China. He also signed deals, including Hilton Singapore, which will be Hilton’s largest hotel in the Asia Pacific when it opens in 2022; Hotel Resonance Taipei, Tapestry Collection by Hilton: the company’s first Tapestry hotel in the Asia Pacific and Waldorf Astoria Tokyo, due to open in 2026. 

(Source: News Hilton)