DUBAI: Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the appointment of Emma Banks as vice president, F&B Strategy & Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Based at Hilton’s MEA Area Office in Dubai, Banks will lead F&B strategy, as well as concept and product solution development and implementation across EMEA. In addition, she will oversee the sourcing and management of third party restaurant brand and operator relationships to support Hilton’s trading and future pipeline of hotels.
“Food and Beverage constitutes a crucial part of our business at Hilton and we have a 100 year history of pioneering culinary innovations.” said Simon Vincent, president, EMEA, Hilton. “Emma’s extensive experience in the F&B sector will be invaluable, as we continue to enhance the dining and bar offering across our portfolio and work with owners to develop exciting concepts for upcoming properties. I am delighted to have her join our team.”
Banks joins Hilton from the Jumeirah Restaurant Group, the dedicated restaurant division of the UAE based Jumeirah Group, where she was Managing Director. Having worked in both the UK and the Middle East, Banks brings a wealth of knowledge from F&B retailing, strategy and operations – with a focus on delivering superb customer experiences and a great team culture.
“I am excited to be joining the world’s most hospitable company. I look forward to leading F&B strategy in EMEA and working alongside the talented team to equip our hotels to deliver exceptional guest experiences,” said Banks.
Banks holds a Bachelor’s degree from Leeds University. She will be based at Hilton’s MEA Area Office in Dubai and will report to Simon Vincent, president, EMEA, Hilton.
© Press Release 2019