Javier Aguila has been named as the new CEO in charge of Europe and the Middle East for Hyatt.
Javier Águila has also been appointed as the company’s incoming group president EAME, following the planned retirement of Peter Fulton after an impressive 39-year career at Hyatt.
Águila will officially assume the role in the next few months and will work with Fulton through a smooth and thoughtful transition.
“The Hyatt family is grateful for Peter’s leadership and impact throughout a career that spans almost four decades and three global regions,” said Chuck Floyd, global president of operations, Hyatt. “In his latest role as group president, EAME/SWA (South West Asia), which Peter assumed in 2013, he has presided over operational excellence and unprecedented growth for the region.”
Águila is an internal successor, hailing from Apple Leisure Group (ALG), which Hyatt acquired in 2021. He most recently served as ALG’s group president, AMResorts Europe and Global Strategy. Águila joined ALG in 2019 as part of the acquisition of Alua Hotels & Resorts, which Águila founded and led as CEO. He brings a broad set of experiences and perspectives informed by more than 20 years in hospitality, tourism, private equity and strategic consulting.
“Javier’s appointment is yet another milestone in bringing Hyatt and ALG’s joint vision to life,” continued Floyd. “Adding ALG to our portfolio increased Hyatt’s European brand footprint by 60% and I am confident Javier is the ideal candidate to continue the region’s positive trajectory and lead the team to new heights.”
This transition comes with a planned geographic realignment for the region, moving oversight of the Indian subcontinent under the leadership of David Udell, group president Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Udell’s immense experience leading the Asia Pacific region since 2014 sets Hyatt up for continued growth in the Indian subcontinent.
Hyatt recently reported its fifth straight year of industry-leading net rooms growth, with a global pipeline of 113,000 rooms, equivalent to approximately 40% of Hyatt’s existing rooms base.