Hilton employs Anson in PR role

Global hotel and gaming firm The Hilton Group has appointed the Queen’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, as corporate communications director.

Global hotel and gaming firm The Hilton Group has appointed the

Queen’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, as corporate

communications director.



Anson starts at Hilton in September, when he has served his notice as

communications head at the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva.



In his new role he will sit on the company’s group executive and report

to group CEO David Michels. Anson is a direct replacement for seven-year

incumbent Stephen Devany, who left the company two weeks ago.



Anson has been at the EBU for two years. Before that he spent over a

year as corporate affairs director at Grand Metropolitan and Diageo

after the GM merger with Guinness created the latter company.



Anson’s career includes a stint at Buckingham Palace between 1990 and

1997 as the Queen’s press secretary, a job for which he left his former

post as PR director at investment bank Kleinwort Benson.



Anson will oversee 13 staff at the company’s corporate headquarters, but

will have dotted line responsibility for four more area PR managers

around the world. His remit covers media and investor relations,

regulatory and government affairs, as well as group internal

communications.



The Hilton Group, which turned over more than pounds 4 billion in 1999,

is split in two. Hotels arm Hilton International operates 220 hotels

around the world, including 81 in the UK. Hilton International brought

in 65 per cent of the company’s pounds 400 million profits last year,

with the remainder made up by gaming subsidiary Ladbrokes, which

operates betting shops and casinos as well as e-commerce ventures to

encourage gambling on-line.



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