Heidi Kunkel has been appointed to the position of vice president, operations, Australasia with effect from April 4.
Kunkel will oversee the operations of Hilton's 23 trading and nine pipeline properties and lead the company's growth strategy across Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
She will take over the role from interim incumbent Sean Wooden, who will return to his position as vice president, brand management Asia Pacific.
An Australian native, Kunkel was most recently CEO New Markets Europe & Africa at Club Med, responsible for over 15 commercial market sources, including the UK, South Europe, and the Middle East.
Prior to the above role, Kunkel also held key leadership positions in Club Med's commercial offices and resorts, among them being CEO, South East Asia Pacific; president, North East Asia (Korea and Japan); and general manager for Pacific (based in Sydney).