Hilton hires new SVP, global head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand

Hilton Xiamen, China. Photo credit: Hilton

Hilton appointed Vera Manoukian as SVP and global head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, effective June 11, 2018. 

Manoukian will oversee Hilton Hotels & Resorts' portfolio while promoting and growing the brand. She will be based at Hilton’s global headquarters in McLean, Va. and report to Dave Marr, SVP and global head of full service brands.

Vera Manoukian, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Photo credit: Hilton

“We are thrilled to have Vera as the newest member of our brand management leadership team,” Jon Witter, CCO of Hilton, said in a statement. “She is extremely well-regarded within the hospitality industry, and given her diverse global business experience, I am confident she will be a tremendous asset to Hilton and our owner community.” 


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Manoukian has more than 30 years of hospitality experience. She most recently served as president and COO at Denihan Hospitality. There, Manoukian led branding, sales, marketing and operations, and managed the company’s growth and development pipeline.

She previously served as SVP of operations for Starwood. In this role, Manoukian was responsible for their largest geographic region, seven brands, 68 full service and luxury properties and $3.4 billion in revenue.

“I am honored to be joining the team responsible for managing a portfolio of 14 industry-leading brands, and excited by the opportunity to work with the company’s flagship brand,” Manoukian said in a statement. “I have tremendous respect for the legacy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and look forward to being part of its continued development and growth around the world.”

Manoukian holds an MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire, specializing in marketing, along with a bachelor of science degree from Rivier University of New Hampshire.

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