Hilton appoints new HR head in Asia

She is replacing an outgoing exec who is retiring after a nearly 40-year career with Hilton

Hilton appoints new HR head in Asia

Hilton has appointed Lara Hernandez as senior vice president, HR in Asia Pacific.

Hernandez will be responsible for overseeing culture and talent development at Hilton from their Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.

Hernandez joins Hilton after a 12-year career at IHG, where she most recently served as the senior vice president, commercial and business performance for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

She replaces Brendan Toomey who is retiring after a nearly 40-year Hilton career, having helped grow the region to almost 60,000 team members and see Hilton become #1 on Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces in Asia list.

“Last month we celebrated our 100th anniversary and have just been ranked as one of Asia’s Best Multinational Workplaces and the top global hospitality company in the region, an accolade we could not have achieved without Brendan’s outstanding leadership,” said Alan Watts, area president, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lara onboard the team, to continue spearheading the growth of our award-winning culture here in Asia Pacific.”

Hernandez will be based in Singapore and report to Matt Schuyler, CHRO. She will sit on the Asia Pacific leadership team under Watts.

“I am excited to be joining Hilton in its most dynamic year yet,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to continuing to develop Hilton’s Great Place to Work legacy and support programs and initiatives that allow team members to thrive both personally and professionally.”

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