William B. Fortier
Senior Vice President - Development, Americas
William B. Fortier was named Senior Vice President, Development, Americas in June 2008. He is responsible for developing both the managed and franchised businesses for all of Hilton’s brands in the region.
Prior to his current role, Fortier was Senior Vice President, Franchise Development of Hilton’s Brand Performance and Development group, a position he held since 2001. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing franchise development efforts for Hilton Hotels Corporation’s brands in North America, including Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Homewood Suites by Hilton. These activities also included continuing the expansion of the company’s network of hotels and ensuring the consistent delivery of brand standards from a development standpoint.
Fortier joined Hilton in 1996 as Vice President, Franchise Development, where he worked with owners to develop Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn franchised hotels in the Western Region. Prior to Hilton, Fortier spent 10 years at Marriott International where he was Vice President of Development. Fortier earned a bachelor's degree in hotel/restaurant management from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.