Senior Vice President & Commercial Director, Americas
Recently appointed Senior Vice President & Commercial Director for Hilton Worldwide in the Americas, Daniel (Danny) Hughes brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience to this role. He sits on Hilton’s Commercial Services Leadership Team with the goal of bringing all functions of commercial services together for the benefit of customers, owners and the company.
In his previous position, Danny served as senior vice president, Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, where he was responsible for the operations of all Hilton Worldwide corporate owned or managed properties throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Additionally, he also played a key role in the company’s expansion and development plans, leading a number of milestone openings, including: Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport - the company’s first hotel in Chile and the Hilton Garden Inn brand’s first hotel in South America; Hilton Bogota in Colombia - the first Hilton Worldwide managed hotel in the city; Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman, the first for the brand in Argentina; Hilton Lima Miraflores - the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in Peru; and Waldorf Astoria Panama, representing the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts expansion into Latin America.
Danny was also directly involved in securing new growth opportunities and maintaining the robust development pipeline in the region, confirming projects in key cities and resort destinations throughout Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay.
Earlier in his career with Hilton Worldwide, Danny held the role of area vice president, Caribbean, Central America, and Cancun, during which he contributed to an array of success stories, from new hotel openings to major makeover campaigns. He also worked in several management positions across the globe, serving as vice president of sales and marketing, regional general manager, general manager, director of food and beverage, and director of sales.
Danny received a degree in Hotel and Food Services Management from Bournemouth University in the UK. He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.