MCLEAN, VA—Hilton Worldwide has appointed Ronen Nissenbaum as VP of operations, luxury hotels-Americas. In this newly created position, Nissenbaum will possess full operational responsibility for all Hilton Worldwide luxury properties within the region inclusive of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, according to the company.
“Ronen’s ascension to this newly created role reflects our strong commitment to the luxury sector and to growing our luxury portfolio within the Americas,” said Joe Berger, area president, Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “This position will afford Ronen the opportunity to focus his extensive luxury expertise on both acquiring additional properties and on ensuring that guests of Waldorf Astoria and Conrad enjoy truly unforgettable and inspiring experiences at our hotels and resorts across the region.”
Since June 2014, Nissenbaum served as managing director of the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York and Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York. Before joining the Hilton Worldwide team, he served as the president and CEO of The Plaza Group, where he oversaw the Plaza Hotel in New York, as well as development of the Plaza hotel brand. Earlier, he held leadership positions at properties around the globe including senior EVP of operations at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, where he opened and managed the largest integrated resort in Southeast Asia. Nissenbaum’s other global hospitality positions include senior management roles with Forte hotels in London and Euro Disney in Paris. Nissenbaum also had 13-year tenure with InterContinental Hotel Group holding various roles from general manager in Tel-Aviv, Berlin, Paris and Atlanta to regional VP of operations for North America. His hospitality career began with positions in the front office and food and beverage departments at properties in Belgium, Switzerland and Israel.
Nissenbaum earned an executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is a graduate of the Switzerland’s Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. He is also a veteran of the Israeli Air Force and speaks several languages, including English, French, German and Hebrew.