Hilton Baku Appoints Executive Management Team

This information originated in UK English.

June 24, 2011

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Hilton Baku today announced the appointment of its senior management team for the new hotel, which is expected to open in September 2011. The newly assembled senior management team combines an effective mix of internationally experienced hospitality professionals from within Hilton Worldwide and established local talent, providing deep understanding of the Azerbaijani market and Baku hospitality sector.

Landmark appointments announced today include Azerbaijani nationals Eldar Alimuradov as director of sales & marketing and Nigar Rahimova as director of human resources.

Mr. Alimuradov has over 10 years experience in Baku based hospitality, joining Hilton Baku from the Hyatt Hotels Baku, and will be the main contact for business and commercial issues. Ms. Rahimova joins from the Holiday Inn Baku Airport where she had been working in human resource training and development since 2007, bringing strategic insight to the Azeri labor market.

Combining this local expertise with Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand values, the key position of director of operations with be filled by Tolga Aytan. A Turkish national, having previously held this position at Hilton Adana in Turkey, Mr. Aytan has built a 13 year career with Hilton and will be a key voice in ensuring the company’s world class standards are upheld and excelled upon.

Manuel Avila, general manager, Hilton Baku, has said of his new management team, “I am delighted to have such skilled and passionate professionals heading and leading our new hotel. These are strategically important appointments for Hilton Baku and I have full confidence that the mix of international experience, leadership and local expertise will be integral to the success of the hotel. Hilton Baku is an exciting development for anyone wishing to build a career in the growing Azeri hospitality sector and join our expanding team.”

Eldar Alimuradov, newly appointed director of sales & marketing, Hilton Baku, said, “To be working for such an internationally respected company at such a high profile property is quite remarkable. It is a real honor to be joining the project at such an early stage. The finished hotel is going to be a truly special working environment and I look forward to seeing everyone’s hard work come to life at our opening in September.”

Additionally announced appointments include:

Roman Tanriverdiyev as front office manager. An Azeri national with a 12 year career in hotels, Mr. Tanriverdiyev brings the international brand experience of Hyatt with local knowledge of the Baku market.

Sabina Shahin as executive housekeeper & laundry manager. Ms. Shahin started her career at the Hyatt Baku in 1995, where she held the position of housekeeping assistant manager. She expanded her career at the Landmark hotel in the capacity of Housekeeping & Laundry manager.

Nadir Teymurov as I.T. manager. Having graduated from Azerbaijan State Economics University, Mr. Teymurov is a certified Microsoft professional, with five years of experience in the IT world setting up corporate I.T. infrastructures.

For information about Hilton Baku, visit www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com/baku.

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