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David Kelly

Senior Vice President for Continental Europe – Hilton

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David leads Hilton’s business across Continental Europe, encompassing nearly 550 properties trading or under development in 41 countries and territories. He covers a diverse region with more than 30,000 team members serving guests in hotels spanning from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from the Iberian Peninsula to Türkiye.

Joining Hilton in the US in 1995, David later moved with the company to Australia where he spent 13 years in senior operations and commercial positions. He subsequently led Hilton’s rapidly growing portfolio in Greater China and Mongolia, including as the region’s Senior Vice President – Operations. During this time, Hilton’s presence in the region increased from 34 to more than 210 hotels.

With a reputation for strategic leadership and focused execution, David is known for taking a “people first” approach – with a focus on creating exceptional experiences for guests, meaningful opportunities for Team Members and strong returns for owners.

David lives in Barcelona with his wife Carol and son Jayden.

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20 October 202310:00 - 13:00
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