Hilton Appoints Joseph Khairallah as Area Vice President, Head of Japan, Korea & Micronesia

Industry veteran to drive growth, performance and guest satisfaction as Hilton enters the new golden age of travel

TOKYO – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has announced the appointment of Joseph Khairallah as area vice president and head of Japan, Korea, and Micronesia. Based in Tokyo, Khairallah will oversee Hilton’s 32 trading hotels and future pipeline growth, as Hilton expands its regional footprint.

Khairallah takes over the role from Timothy Soper, who over the last 12 years led Hilton through record-breaking growth in Japan, Korea and Micronesia – from nine hotels and two brands in 2012, to 32 hotels and six brands today, with another nine in the pipeline, including two Waldorf Astoria properties.

An industry veteran with over 40 years of experience, Khairallah brings a wealth of expertise to his new role. He previously served as Hilton’s vice president of Operations for North China and was instrumental in expanding the company’s presence from 28 to 51 properties. During his tenure, he successfully navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthened the company’s service proposition and guest satisfaction.

Prior to joining Hilton in 2018, Khairallah led Marcus Hotels & Resorts as President and Chief Operating Officer, post a 30-year career across numerous global roles with Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“Joe brings a wealth of industry experience and a deep understanding of global and regional markets. I am confident that his time-tested leadership skills and passion for exceptional service will bolster Hilton’s enduring commitment to Japan, Korea and Micronesia,” said Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We also thank Tim for his many years of service towards growing our regional footprint, leading our high-performing team and developing the hospitality leaders of tomorrow.”

“I am thrilled to embark on this new journey as Hilton’s area vice president and head of Japan, Korea, and Micronesia. Understanding and harnessing the unique cultures and opportunities across this incredible region is pivotal for our continued success in these markets, and I look forward to building on Hilton’s storied legacy and leading our team to new heights,” said Joseph Khairallah.

Last year, Hilton celebrated the 60th anniversary of its trading presence in Japan and the 40th anniversary in Korea. The company has also delivered its signature hospitality on the island of Guam for more than 50 years.