Hilton Appoints Two

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business is tracking appointments. Hilton has appointed two new executives, Banyan Tree Phucket’s signature restaurant gained a new executive chef. Here are the details:

Hilton Appoints Jerry Huang as President of Development in Greater China & Mongolia
Hilton has appointed Jerry Huang as president of development in Greater China and Mongolia, effective Sept. 10. He’ll be based in Hilton’s China regional office in Shanghai and report to Matt Fry, SVP of development for Asia-Pacific. He replaces Francis Lee who’ll be leaving Hilton to pursue opportunities in the investment and private equity industries.

Huang is a veteran and leader in the hotel industry with more than 30 years of experience. A 25-year stint at InterContinental Hotels Group allowed him to lead the development and operations teams, before becoming their president of Greater China. More recently, he was president of Greater China at Artyzen Hotels Group. A former vice chairman of China Tourism Hotel Association, he also serves as a member of the China National Tourism Administration Platinum Five-Star Grading Committee.

Hilton San Diego Sales Complex Appoints Area Director of Sales and Marketing
Hilton San Diego Sales Complex has appointed Mario Thompson to the position of area director of sales and marketing for Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley.

Thompson most recently served as the director of sales and marketing at the 757-room Hilton Baltimore. Mario joined Hilton in 2009 as a senior sales manager for the corporate and pharmaceutical markets at the 1,249-room Hilton Atlanta. During his tenure at the downtown hotel, Thompson was promoted to assistant director of sales in 2011, and then to the director of sales position in 2012. In 2013, Thompson joined the Hiltons of Washington, DC sales complex as the director of sales prior to joining Hilton Baltimore in 2015.

Prior to joining Hilton, Thompson held leadership roles in the front office, sales and catering at the New York Marriott Downtown from 2001 to 2006 where he was awarded Chairman’s Circle in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, he was a senior sales manager for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis where he achieved President’s Circle in 2007 and 2008 Global Sales Team of the Year.