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Simon Vincent

President EMEA
Hilton Worldwide

Simon Vincent is President EMEA for Hilton Worldwide. Based in London, Vincent is responsible for more than 500 hotels across six brands with over 50,000 team members in 49 countries*.

Since joining the company in 2007, Vincent has overseen the opening of more than 100 hotels and spearheaded growth in the multi-brand proposition, which along with core brand Hilton includes, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton. In 2012 alone the company opened an additional 30 hotels across the region, and as of September 2013 it had in excess of 500 hotels active and in the pipeline.

A 20-year veteran of the leisure and travel industry, Vincent was previously CEO of Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency. He also spent 13 years at the Thomas Cook Group, latterly as Chief Operating Officer of the UK Travel Division.

Vincent has extensive international experience having held a number of pan-European roles and has also worked in North America and Japan. He spent the early part of his career in International Banking with HSBC.

He sits on Hilton Worldwide’s global executive committee, is Chairman of the Hilton in the Community Foundation, Chair of the Hospitality Guild and is also a Trustee of the Jigsaw School, an independent day school for children on the autistic spectrum.