Putting People First BY STACY STRACZYNSKI
A natural affinity
perfect fit for this
Michael C. Ford
ing hospitality to a diverse group of people. To
stay in the game, one of Hilton Worldwide’s first
steps was to get a “people person” at its helm:
Michael C. Ford.
Hilton Worldwide’s brand and international reach weren’t the only reasons
that Ford says he decided to become the company’s vice president of global
diversity and inclusion. He says it was the leadership team, especially CEO
Christopher J. Nassetta, who ultimately sold him on the job.
“I didn’t have to educate him about diversity. He really had that global perspective” and was already on board, says Ford. “Personally, for me, it was about
making a difference, an iconic brand and an opportunity to build on the success
that they previously had.”
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