Hilton has named Jin Qian as the company’s first area president for Greater China and Mongolia. He will replace outgoing senior vice president of Greater China and Mongolia, Bruce McKenzie, who is retiring after a distinguished career in the industry.
Based in Shanghai, Qian will now be responsible for taking Hilton forward in what is already the company’s second largest market in terms of hotels open and under development. He reports to Martin Rinck, area president of Asia Pacific Hilton, and serves on the regional executive committee.
Qian brings with him extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in Fiji, Malaysia and Singapore and most recently served as president of Wanda Hotels & Resorts, one of Hilton’s largest owners in Greater China.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Qian Jin, one of the hospitality industry’s great leaders in Asia Pacific,” said Rinck. “The elevation of this position to area president recognizes the rapid growth we have achieved in recent years and our future intentions, as we embark on an exciting new chapter in our history in Greater China and Mongolia.”
“In the months and years ahead we will be creating thousands of new jobs in Greater China, while needing many more Chinese speaking Team Members to serve guests travelling internationally,” added Rinck. “Our focus is on attracting the very best people and Qian Jin is the latest addition to, and now leader of, a world class group of talent in the expanding Hilton team.”
It comes at a time when Hilton prepares to celebrate its 100th hotel opening in Greater China, with more than 230 hotels in the pipeline. Hilton’s goal is to be the hospitality company of choice for Chinese travellers, when staying both domestically and overseas. Currently six brands under the group are already trading in market.