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Paul White has spent over 20 years in the lodging industry, beginning in 1986, with over 18 years at Orient-Express Hotels Ltd, which he joined in September 1991. He has been a hotel general manager, a financial controller and a regional vice president with profit and loss responsibility for the company’s operations across a third of the globe.
Christopher J. Nassetta joined Hilton Hotels Corporation as president and CEO in December 2007. Previously he was president CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. a position he held since 2000. He joined Host in 1995 as executive vice president and was elected chief operating officer in 1997.
Ed Fuller is president and managing director of international lodging for Marriott International, Inc. Based at the company’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., he has overall operating responsibility for managed and franchised hotels spanning seven lodging brands and brand extensions outside the continental United States and Canada.
Since taking the helm at NH Hoteles, the company has become one of the fastest-growing hotel chains in Europe, increasing its sales to €1,532m in 2008, as well as developing innovative food and beverage concepts such as “nhube” and “Fast Good”. In 2007, NH Hoteles was awarded the Príncipe Felipe prize for “Excellence in Tourism”.
Raymond N. Bickson is managing director and CEO of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces with responsibility for all Taj Hotels operations and management, hospitality and travel subsidiary companies. Previously, Raymond served as vice president and general manager of The Mark in New York for The Rafael Group Hoteliers Monaco and with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group for 15 years.