Hilton Worldwide names 2 development vice presidents

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA Hilton Worldwide announces the promotions of Matt Wehling and Ted Ent as vice presidents and managing directors of development for the northwest and southwest United States, respectively.

Wehling and Ent will address development opportunities and foster relations with current and potential partners in these areas. Prior to their promotions, the northwest and southwest regions were grouped together as the “central region,” in which Wehling and Ent both worked, and the “western region.”

Wehling began his career in hospitality nearly 20 years ago with HFS, now Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, in franchise development.  In 1996, Wehling moved to Red Roof Inns Inc. to assist in the launch of its newly-formed franchise development arm. For the last decade, Wehling has held development positions with Hilton, specifically in the central region.

Prior to his promotion, Ent oversaw all aspects of developing in Texas and Oklahoma.  Previously, Ent served Hilton as vice president of mixed-use development and oversaw all aspects of the development for various condominium and residential projects. Prior to joining Hilton, Ent served in executive positions in hotel operations and development, most notably with Canyon Ranch Resorts & Health Spas and Hyatt Hotels.

“Matt and Ted both possess a wealth of development experience and knowledge, as well as a proficiency to develop and foster relationships,” says Craig Mance, senior vice president of franchise development for North America. “Their significant experience will allow us to better address the needs of our franchise owners and pursue opportunities that will bring many benefits to our company. We are thrilled that Matt and Ted are taking on these new roles.”

The company is currently realigning the team that will support Wehling and Ent in their new roles and expects that all changes should be complete by the first quarter.