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Jan Van der Putten

Jan Van Der Putten

Vice President, Operations, Hilton Worldwide, Africa & Indian Ocean

Jan Van Der Putten has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Hilton Worldwide having started with the company in 1984 at Hilton Rotterdam in Holland.

He has served in a number of management roles at Hilton hotels around the world including Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands and Ethiopia in Africa.  In 2006, his extensive operational experience led to a Cluster Manager role covering nine hotels in Benelux, Northern Europe, before he was appointed to his current position in March 2012.

As Vice President, Operations for Africa & Indian Ocean, Van Der Putten leads operations across Africa & Indian Ocean overseeing operational activity at the company’s 14 hotels within his region. A key focus is to support Hilton Worldwide’s ambitious business expansion plans for the continent.  Based in Johannesburg, Van Der Putten is also responsible for business operations at Hilton Sandton. He is a graduate of The Hague Hospitality Management School and speaks Dutch, German and English fluently.