Hilton Announces New Appointments to Middle East, Africa & Türkiye (MEA&T) Leadership Team

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SUMMARY – HILTON STRENGTHENS MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA & TÜRKIYE TEAM WITH NEW SENIOR EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS, INCLUDING ALIGI GARDENGHI AS VP OF OPERATIONS AND MARIE-LOUISE EK AS VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES. DEAN MURPHY ALSO JOINS AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF F&B DEVELOPMENT, OPERATIONS & OPENINGS, SIGNALING HILTON’S COMMITMENT TO GROWTH AND ENHANCING GUEST EXPERIENCES IN THE REGION.

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Hilton, a renowned hospitality Brand, has appointed three senior executives to its Middle East, Africa & Türkiye (MEA&T) leadership team. These appointments will strengthen Hilton’s operations and human resources functions while driving food and beverage development in the region.

Aligi Gardenghi Leads Luxury and Full-Service Operations

Aligi Gardenghi, with over 20 years of experience at Hilton, has been appointed as Vice President, Operations, Arabian Peninsula. He will oversee luxury and full-service operations across 45 hotels in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Aligi has a wealth of experience in business development, revenue management, and marketing. Previously, he served as Vice President of Americas Marketing, where he played a pivotal role in driving performance for over 6,000 hotels. Aligi has held various senior positions at Hilton, including Global Vice President, Marketing Performance and Insight.

Marie-Louise Ek, Vice President, Human Resources

Hilton has appointed Marie-Louise Ek as Vice President, Human Resources, Middle East, Africa & Türkiye. She will lead Hilton’s human resources function and drive the company’s people and culture strategy. With over 30,000 team members across 181 hotels in the region, Marie-Louise will ensure a strong focus on talent development. She brings extensive multi-market experience in Fortune 500 corporations and was previously the Senior Director of Human Resources for Africa, Middle East, and South Asia at PepsiCo.

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Dean Murphy, Senior Director, F&B Development & Operations

Hilton has appointed Dean Murphy as the Senior Director, F&B Development, Operations & Openings, Africa, Middle East & Türkiye. In this role, he will oversee regional operations and the development of food and drink venues, emphasizing local sourcing and food waste management. Dean’s previous experience includes serving as the Director of Operations at Sunset Hospitality Group and holding leadership roles at Jumeirah Restaurant Group.

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Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, President of Hilton MEA&T, expressed his confidence in the new appointments, stating that they bring a wealth of experience to the team. Hilton is poised to double its portfolio in the coming years, and these leaders will play a vital role in this expansion.

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About Hilton

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with 18 world-class brands and a presence in 123 countries (including Africa) and territories. With a history spanning over a century, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests. The company has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and innovative guest experiences, such as Digital Key Share and automated room upgrades. Through the Hilton Honors loyalty program, guests can earn points for their stays and enjoy exclusive benefits. For more information, visit stories.hilton.com and connect with Hilton on social media platforms.

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