EMEA: Javier Águila has been appointed group president of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Hyatt, following the retirement of Peter Fulton.
Águila is an internal successor, joining from Apple Leisure Group (ALG) which Hyatt acquired in 2021. He most recently served as ALG’s group president of AMResorts Europe and global strategy.
He joined ALG in 2019 as part of the acquisition of Alua Hotels & Resorts, which Águila founded and led as CEO. Overall, he has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, tourism, private equity and strategic consulting.
Chuck Floyd, global president of operations, Hyatt, said: “The Hyatt family is grateful for Peter’s leadership and impact throughout a career that spans almost four decades and three global regions. In his latest role as group president, EAME/SWA, which Peter assumed in 2013, he has presided over operational excellence and unprecedented growth for the region.
“Javier’s appointment is yet another milestone in bringing Hyatt and ALG’s joint vision to life. Adding ALG to our portfolio increased Hyatt’s European brand footprint by 60 per cent and I am confident Javier is the ideal candidate to continue the region’s positive trajectory and lead the team to new heights.”
Águila will officially assume the role in the next several months.
The appointment comes as Hyatt realigns its management of the region, moving oversight of the Indian subcontinent under the leadership of David Udell, group president Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
Hyatt recently reported a global pipeline of 113,000 rooms which is equivalent to approximately 40 per cent of the group’s existing room base.