Hilton Worldwide announced the appointment of Bruce McKenzie as senior vice president, operations – Greater China and Mongolia.
In his new role, McKenzie will oversee the operational interests of over 30 trading hotels and aggregate the growth of the more than 100 pipeline hotels in one of Hilton Worldwide’s most important markets outside of the United States. McKenzie will be based in Shanghai.
McKenzie brings with him over 20 years’ experience in hospitality management, and was most recently chief operating officer Australasia at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a position he has held since 2009.
McKenzie is no newcomer to working in China, having worked with IHG as senior vice president, operations - Greater China from 2004 to 2009. Before joining IHG, he was director of operations with Mirvac Hotels Pty. Ltd., the hotel management division of the multi-billion dollar Australian property company, The Mirvac Group. Prior to this, McKenzie was based in Singapore for almost two years at Choice Hotels International Inc. as vice president Asia Pacific, and tasked to significantly grow the business in Asia Pacific.
McKenzie started his career in hospitality management with Sheraton/Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 1989, where he worked for 13 years in various positions including director of sales, financial controller, general manager and area managing director across the company’s different entities in Australasia and Indonesia.“China is one of Hilton Worldwide’s most important markets outside the United States, and we have steadily increased our presence there. We are pleased to have McKenzie on the team. His 20-year career in the hospitality business and previous experience in China will be an asset to us as we continue the rapid expansion of our trading estate in China over the next few years,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide.