Hyatt appoints Europe, Africa and Middle East region leaders


CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced a leadership change, positioning Hyatt for continued strategic growth in the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) region.

javier Águila has been named the new Group President EAME following the planned retirement of Peter Fulton, who has enjoyed an impressive 39-year career at Hyatt. Águila and Fulton will work together during a smooth and thoughtful transition, and Águila will officially take on the role the next few months.

“The Hyatt family is grateful for Peter’s leadership and influence throughout his career spanning nearly four decades and three global regions. In his most recent role as Group President EAME/SWA, which Peter assumed in 2013, he delivered operational excellence and unprecedented growth in the region,” said Chuck Floyd, global president of operations, Hyatt.

Águila is an internal successor stemming from Apple Leisure Group (ALG), which Hyatt acquired in 2021. Most recently, he served as Group President of ALG, AMResorts Europe and Global Strategy. Águila joined ALG in 2019 as part of the acquisition of Alua Hotels & Resorts, which Águila founded and led as Chief Executive Officer. Águila brings a broad range of experience and perspectives from more than 20 years in hospitality, tourism, private equity and strategic consulting.

“Javier’s appointment is another milestone in bringing Hyatt and ALG’s shared vision to life,” continued Floyd. “The addition of ALG to our portfolio has increased Hyatt’s European brand presence by 60% and I am confident that Javier is the ideal candidate to continue the positive development of the region and lead the team to new heights.”

This transition coincides with a planned geographic realignment of the region, shifting oversight of the Indian subcontinent, led by David Udell, Group President Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Udell’s extensive experience leading the Asia Pacific region since 2014 prepares Hyatt for continued growth in the Indian subcontinent.

Hyatt recently reported its fifth consecutive year of industry-leading net room growth, with a global pipeline of 113,000 rooms, representing approximately 40 percent of Hyatt’s existing room base.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this press release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its subsidiaries.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Headquartered in Chicago, Hyatt Hotels Corporation is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people, so they can be their best. As of March 31, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,150 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 71 countries on six continents. The company’s offer includes the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric ®, Labeling by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands and resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collectionincluding Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the loyalty program World of Hyatt®, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC Destination Management Services and Trisept Solutions® Technology Services. Visit for more information.


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