Simon Vincent is President EMEA for Hilton. Based in London, Vincent is responsible for more than 385 hotels across six brands in 54 countries. Since joining the company in 2007, Vincent has overseen the opening of more than 225 hotels and spearheaded growth in the multi-brand proposition, which along with core brand Hilton includes, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Curio and Canopy. A 20-year veteran of the leisure and travel industry, Vincent was previously CEO of Opodo, the pan-European online travel agency. He also spent 13 years at the Thomas Cook Group, latterly as Chief Operating Officer of the UK Travel Division. Vincent has extensive international experience having held a number of pan-European roles and has also worked in North America and Japan. He spent the early part of his career in International Banking with HSBC. He sits on Hilton global executive committee, represents the company as co-Chair of the UK Tourism Council and is a member of the governing council for the International Tourism Partnership. He is also a non-executive director at iconic London retailer Fortnum & Mason and a Trustee of the Jigsaw School, an independent day school for children on the autistic spectrum. Vincent received an OBE for his services to the hospitality and tourism industries, having been recognized in the New Year Honours List 2015.