Águila will resume the role officially within the coming months following the planned retirement of Peter Fulton who has worked with Hyatt for 39 years. It confirmed Águila and Fulton will work together for a “smooth transition”.
Águila previously served as the group president of Apple Leisure Group (ALG), AMResorts Europe and Global Strategy, which Hyatt acquired in 2021. Águila brings a “broad set of experiences and perspectives” from more than 20 years in hospitality, tourism, private equity and strategic consulting.
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 of Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
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.
Chuck Floyd, global president of operations at Hyatt, said: “Javier’s appointment is yet another milestone in bringing Hyatt and ALG’s joint vision to life.
“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.”
Floyd added: “The Hyatt family is grateful for Peter’s leadership and impact throughout a career that spans almost four decades and three global regions.”