People On The MoveTan is appointed SVP development to lead Hilton's growth strategy in the region.

Industry veteran Clarence Tan takes on new role at Hilton

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Tan's most recent leadership roles include being Group CEO at Millennium & Copthorne and COO for Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia at IHG.
Tan's most recent leadership roles include being Group CEO at Millennium & Copthorne and COO for Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia at IHG.

Clarence Tan has begun his role as senior vice president, development – Asia Pacific from 1 May.

Based in Singapore, Tan is tasked with leading Hilton’s development strategy in the region, and will report to both Alan Watts, Asia Pacific president, and Kevin Jacobs, CFO and president, global development.

Armed with more than 20 years’ experience in introducing new hotel brands to the market and strong ties with the owner and investment community, Tan was most recently with international hotel management and development company, Valor Hospitality, where he served as the principal and corporate advisor.

Earlier experiences include time as Group CEO at Millennium & Copthorne, leadership roles at IHG including as COO for Japan, Korea and South East Asia; chief financial officer and chief development officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa regions, leading all aspects of planning, design and development.

Tan takes over Matt Fry, who left Hilton to return to the US. As former senior vice president, Fry signed a number of marquee deals during his three-year tenure, including Hilton Singapore, set to be Hilton’s largest hotel in Asia Pacific when it opens in 2022; Hotel Resonance Taipei, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, the company’s first Tapestry hotel in Asia Pacific; as well as Waldorf Astoria Tokyo, a market debut for Hilton’s luxury brand when it opens in 2026.

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