Speaker Profile

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Senior Vice President Development, EMEA

Based in London, Patrick has led the rapid expansion of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands throughout Europe and Africa, achieving the company’s largest development pipeline for the region to date.  In 2016, his remit expanded to include the Middle East, where Hilton’s presence consists of more than 131 hotels either trading or under development.

With the EMEA wide portfolio now exceeding 674 hotels (trading/pipeline), Patrick leads a team of 25 hotel and property development experts, based across 11 international offices - strategic development markets include U.K., Germany, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.

During his eleven years in his position he has led key achievements including:

Expanding the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio which now features more than 205 hotels trading and 62+ hotels under development across EMEA.  
Bringing the iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, to locations such as Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam and Jerusalem.
Establishing DoubleTree by Hilton as one of the most successful regional growth stories, bringing the upscale conversion brand to 132 locations (trading/pipeline).
Extending the mid-scale Hilton Garden Inn and economy Hampton by Hilton brands to nearly 230 properties now operating or under development.
Introducing Curio – A Collection by Hilton which features properties in Hamburg and Ibiza (Aug 2016); and new accessible lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, which made its debut in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik in July 2016.

His first position with Hilton was in 1997 as development manager for Hilton International’s stand-alone health club business, LivingWell.  Following this he moved to Miami for three years to head up the company’s hotel development activities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.  In 2004, he returned to London as Managing Director of LivingWell before taking on his current position.