New Era (Windhoek)

4 December 2012

Namibia: Hilton Gets New General Manager

Windhoek — Hilton Worldwide has appointed John McAree as the new general manager for Hilton Windhoek. He replaces Roman Kopacek, who opened Hilton Windhoek in May 2011.

"We are very pleased to announce John's appointment as the new general manager for Hilton Windhoek," said Jan Van der Putten, Vice-President Operations, Hilton Worldwide, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

"John's 30-years background in hospitality coupled with his extensive experience in Africa will bring distinct advantages to his new role and will serve us well as we continue to establish Hilton Windhoek as Namibia's number one hotel," added Van der Putten.

A seasoned industry professional, McAree joins the 150-room Hilton Windhoek after working as general manager at Hilton Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

McAree started his career at Hilton Kensington in 1983 and has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry.

McAree is well travelled having worked at Hilton Worldwide Hotels across the Middle East and Africa including Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Oman and South Africa.

"I have travelled extensively around Africa and Namibia's beauty and friendliness is something I will always remember. The hotel itself enjoys a proud reputation as one of the best in Windhoek and I am very much looking forward to getting started and meeting my dedicated new team," said McAree.

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