Hilton names new SVP of development in Asia-Pacific

Hilton Singapore. Photo credit: Glen Bowman/CC BY-SA 2.0

Hilton has appointed Matt Fry as senior vice president of development in Asia-Pacific, effective Aug. 6, 2018. 

Matt Fry, SVP, development, Asia-Pacific. Photo credit: Hilton

Fry will oversee the team responsible for the overall development strategy for APAC. He will be based in Hilton’s APAC regional office in Singapore and will report to Ian Carter, president of global development, architecture, design and construction. “I am excited to be joining the world’s most hospitable company and overseeing the development efforts for APAC,” Fry said in a statement. “Hilton has had incredible growth and the best-performing portfolio of brands in the business. This is a testament to the incredible global development team, which I am eager to work with during this exciting time for the company and industry.”   

Fry has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate and development industry with nearly 18 years leading teams at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He most recently served as the head of global real estate operations and Americas real estate at shared workspace developer WeWork. 


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Prior to WeWork, Fry rose through the ranks to SVP of global development at Starwood, overseeing development in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America in this role. Fry was also responsible for global oversight of feasibility and deal approval processes. He spent another 10 years based in Singapore leading Starwood’s development efforts for Asia Pacific, excluding China.  “We are thrilled to have Matt join our team and oversee the strategic growth in APAC,” Carter said in a statement. “His appointment represents our commitment to building on our tremendous success and achievements there. Matt’s extensive experience in the real estate and development industry will be invaluable as we continue to expand our global footprint and portfolio in this key region.”  

Fry holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

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