Hilton appoints Zubin Saxena as India Country Head

Hilton has announced the appointment of Zubin Saxena as Senior Vice President and Country Head, India.

Zubin Saxena, Senior Vice President and Country Head, India, Hilton
Zubin Saxena, Senior Vice President and Country Head, India, Hilton

Zubin Saxena joins Hilton from Radisson Hotel Group, where he worked for over 8 years, most recently as the  Managing Director and Area Senior Vice President, South Asia. He will be taking charge in  January 2024 and sitting out of the Hilton corporate office in Gurgaon.  

Zubin Saxena’s 24-year career in hospitality has included a 4-year stint at IHG as Director of  Development for South Asia, and senior advisory roles with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in India and HVS in New York. Saxena has an MBA from Adam Smith School of Business, Glasgow – and is a practiced hand at leading, inspiring and developing teams. In 2019, he was enlisted in  the prestigious ‘Economic Times 40 Under Forty list of Business Leaders’ in India and has also  been the recipient of various awards over the years, including the ‘Inspirational Hospitality Leader  of the Year’ by the Indian Hospitality Council. 

Zubin Saxena will oversee Hilton’s 25 trading hotels in India and lead the company’s expansion in South  Asia with 20 properties in the development pipeline. He takes over the position from Navjit  Ahluwalia, who leaves Hilton after 6 years.

“Given the enormous opportunity that India represents and the strong momentum we are seeing,  we are excited to welcome Zubin to the Hilton family, whose energy, expertise and leadership  will be pivotal, as we supercharge our growth on the Indian subcontinent. We also thank Navjit  for his many years of dedication in building our presence and culture in India”, said Alan Watts,  President, Asia Pacific at Hilton. 

“I look forward to hitting the ground running at Hilton in January, getting to know the team and  working for this iconic brand in this fast-developing region, which holds so much promise for the  company. Hilton is at a very pivotal moment in India, with its portfolio of market leading brands  and ambitious growth plans. I am excited by the size and scope of the role and look forward to leading and delivering on our ambitious goals in this incredibly dynamic market,” Zubin Saxena said. 

In the coming years, Hilton’s plan is to triple its estate to have 75 trading and pipeline hotels in  India. This will see the company grow the presence of its existing core Hilton brand – along with  Conrad, Hampton by Hilton, Double Tree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn, as well as continue to  debut new brands, such as the Waldorf Astoria Jaipur, which is slated to open in 2027.

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