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