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Hilton Names Jonas Neihardt SVP Government Affairs

July 28, 2009  |  This information originated in American English.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton) today announced that Jonas E. Neihardt will join the company next month as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Neihardt will report to Richard Lucas, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

Neihardt brings nearly 20 years of experience in public policy and corporate government relations to his new role at Hilton. In his recent position at Qualcomm, Neihardt managed successful advocacy campaigns to ensure fair and open market access for U.S. technologies globally and was instrumental in enacting legislation for the Digital Television Transition. Neihardt joined the Federal Government as a Presidential Management Intern in 1989, and then served at the White House Budget Office during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton Administrations.

“Jonas is a key addition to Hilton’s Senior Leadership team, and I am very excited that he will be joining us” said Lucas. “Jonas will be out front, representing Hilton’s position on a variety of key social and industry initiatives, and will ensure that the company has a credible presence among our government leaders. As we relocate our Global Headquarters to the Washington, DC area, this is a major initiative for our company,” Lucas added.

Neihardt earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Michigan and an MBA from George Washington University.

Contact:
David Trumble
Director of Communications, Western Region
602-870-2721
David.Trumble@hilton.com

About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 3,300 hotels and 550,000 rooms in 77 countries and more than 130,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton, the Waldorf Astoria and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, as well as the recently launched Home2 Suites by Hilton. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

Hilton Hotels Corporation is an Official Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, which will extend through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the 2010/2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team.

The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton’s philosophy that, “It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality.” The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company: be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity.

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About Hilton Worldwide Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 678,000 rooms in 91 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.