Hyatt Hotels Corporation 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 Chairman of the EAME Group, following the expected retirement of Peter Fulton who looks back on an impressive 39-year career at Hyatt. Águila and Fulton will work together through a smooth and thoughtful transition and Águila will officially assume the role in the coming months.
“The Hyatt family is grateful for Peter’s leadership and impact throughout a career that spans nearly four decades and three regions of the world. In his final role as Group Chairman, EAME/SWA, which Peter assumed in 2013, he presided over operational excellence and unprecedented growth for the region,” said Chuck Floyd, Global President of Operations , Hyatt.
Águila is an internal successor, hailing from Apple Leisure Group (ALG), which Hyatt acquired in 2021. He most recently served as President of ALG Group, 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 CEO. Águila brings a wide range of experiences and perspectives informed by more than 20 years in hospitality, tourism, private equity and strategic consulting.
“Javier’s appointment is another step in realizing the shared vision of Hyatt and ALG,” continued Floyd. “Adding ALG to our portfolio has increased Hyatt’s European brand footprint by 60% and I am confident that Javier is the ideal candidate to continue the region’s positive trajectory and lead the team into new peaks.”
Along with the transition comes a planned geographic realignment for the region, shifting oversight from the Indian subcontinent to Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific Group Chairman David Udell. Udell’s vast experience leading the Asia-Pacific region since 2014 prepares Hyatt for continued growth in the Indian subcontinent.
Hyatt recently announced its fifth consecutive year of net room count growth, with a global pipeline of 113,000 rooms, or approximately 40% of Hyatt’s existing room base.