Leyland started his management career as food and beverage manager for the Aberdeen Marriott Hotel in 2003, and has also held previous posts with York Marriott Hotel, Portsmouth Marriott Hotel and the Skopje Marriott hotel in Macedonia.
Aloft Aberdeen will be located just next door to the new venue, whilst Hilton Aberdeen will adjoin the new conference centre which is currently under construction.
Commenting on his appointment, Leyland said: “I am very excited to return to Aberdeen and proud to be leading two major new openings in the city with Hilton and Aloft two highly respected and individual brands.
“The teams are looking forward to next year’s greatly anticipated openings and will be poised to welcome both business and leisure travellers to the city as well as locals who we are sure will enjoy these two high quality hotels, destination restaurants and leisure and spa facilities within.”
He added: “The event complex is starting to take shape and I am eager see the finished result. The new events complex and the two hotels will create the perfect place to stay and meet whilst in Aberdeen, helping to attract new events, world class performers and both local and international events giving a boost to the local economy.”