Hilton Worldwide has appointed William Margaritis as the company’s executive vice president of Corporate Affairs, based in the company’s global headquarters in McLean, VA. Mr Margaritis previously served for 15 years as senior vice president of Global Communications and Investor Relations at FedEx Corporation.
At Hilton, Mr Margaritis will oversee internal and external communications, government relations and corporate responsibility globally. He will report to Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide and will serve as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
“After an extensive and thoughtful search, Bill stood out as a highly respected and seasoned leader with a proven track record and the right combination of experience,” said Mr Nassetta.
Mr Margaritis comes to Hilton with 33 years of experience, having managed various facets of corporate and marketing communications, government affairs, investor relations and employee communications. At FedEx, Mr Margaritis led the strategic repositioning and rebranding communications programs for the company through an integrated customer and employee campaign.
“Bill’s breadth of experience and his broad understanding of global business and markets will help us build, strengthen and execute an integrated strategy across Hilton that will enhance our industry leadership position and our ability to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace”, Mr Nassetta added.
Mr Margaritis implemented innovative strategic reputation programs that helped FedEx consistently earn top-tier rank in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and Great Places to Work lists.
“Hilton is one of the world’s truly great pioneering brands and is on a strong growth trajectory,” he said.
“I’m honored to be joining the Hilton family and excited to play a role in growing the company, unifying the culture and telling its compelling story to stakeholders around the world.”
Mr Margaritis holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in Business from Michigan State University and is a past chairman of the board of the Arthur W. Page Society, the professional association of chief communications officers.
A native of Greece, he emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 8.