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Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development - Europe & Africa
Hilton Worldwide

Based in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa, achieving the company’s largest development pipeline for the region to date.  Since the Blackstone acquisition in 2007, the number of trading properties has increased by 90 (60%) to 267 trading hotels; the number of properties under development across Europe and Africa has increased by 267% to more than 150.

Leading a team of more than 22 hotel and property development experts, based across 10 international offices, strategic development markets in the region include U.K., Russia, Turkey and South Africa.

Key achievements:

-   Expanding the core Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio which now features 183 hotels across Europe & Africa and more than 30 hotels under development.
-   Bringing the iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, to locations such as Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam and Jerusalem.
-   Establishing DoubleTree by Hilton as one of the most successful growth stories in Europe & Africa bringing the upscale conversion brand to more than 70 locations across the region.
-   Extending the focused service Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton brands to nine countries since 2007, with more than 130 properties now operating or under development.

Patrick was appointed to the role of senior vice president of development, Europe & Africa for Hilton Worldwide in 2005.  His first position with Hilton was in 1997 as development manager for Hilton International’s stand-alone health club business, LivingWell.  Following this he moved to Miami for three years to head up the company’s hotel development activities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.  In 2004, he returned to London as Managing Director of LivingWell before taking on his current position.