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Hilton Worldwide Luxury Brands Appoints Stuart Foster as Vice President of Marketing

Former Vice President from luxury wine and spirits industry to lead all marketing efforts on behalf of Conrad and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

April 16, 2012  |  This information originated in American English.
 

MCLEAN, Va. - Today, Hilton Worldwide Luxury Brands announced Stuart Foster as Vice President of Marketing. Former Vice President of the Southeast Region for Moët-Hennessy USA, a division of LVMH, Foster will lead all luxury marketing initiatives and oversee the strategic development of global positioning for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. Foster will report directly to John Vanderslice, Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, of Hilton Worldwide and work from the Hilton Worldwide Headquarters in McLean, Va.

"We are delighted to have Stuart Foster join us as Vice President of Marketing for the luxury portfolio at Hilton Worldwide. With his extensive experience and leadership in developing, shepherding and promoting global luxury, he is uniquely equipped to bring our hotels to even higher levels of success as we strive to become the fastest- growing, most innovative luxury hotel company," said Vanderslice.

During his 15-year tenure with the luxury wine and spirits group, Foster utilized his deep marketing and sales experience and luxury consumer insight to provide leadership in some of the world's top markets, including New York, Paris and Tokyo. While based in Paris as Global Brand Director for the group's namesake champagne brand, he developed and implemented a highly successful brand renewal strategy. While working in Tokyo as a Senior Marketing Manager, he reinvigorated the presence of one of the world's premier champagne brands, accelerating its growth in traditional channels while also developing its visibility and presence in hotels, restaurants and wine shops. In his most recent role, Foster was charged with the development of existing and new brands' distribution, sales and profit, account planning and pricing across the region.

Fluent in English and French and proficient in Japanese, Foster brings a global perspective to his new role with the Hilton Worldwide Luxury Brands. He received his Master of Business Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business and his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.

Contact:
Robert Allegrini
+1 312 663 6516
robert.allegrini@hilton.com

Holly Harnisch
+1 312 240 2696
holly.harnisch@edelman.com

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad® Hotels & Resorts is Hilton Worldwide's global luxury brand and the choice for today's modern, sophisticated traveler. By focusing on the individual, Conrad offers guests genuine and personalized experience and a world of style, service and connection. Each Conrad is a dynamic reflection of its city and culture, as well as a showcase for striking design and distinct surroundings. Across five continents, in the world's gateway cities and most sought-after resort destinations, Conrad invites each guest to enjoy The Luxury Of Being Yourself®. For information on Conrad, please visit http://www.conradhotels.com/. Conrad Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide's ten market-leading brands.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 26 iconic properties in the world’s most sought after destinations. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com. Learn about the brand by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com or following the brand on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,700 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with over 775,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 97 years, Hilton has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.