Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) has announced the death of its former vice-chairman, Peter George.
George, who died last week after a long illness, aged 63, was chief-executive of the group from 1997 until 2001.
He helped to build the strategic alliance between Hilton Hotels Corporation and Hilton International, paving the way for HCC's 2006 acquisition of Hilton International.
George joined the group as vice-chairman in 1990 and took responsibility for the group's hotels, racing and retail divisions.
Stephen Bollenbach, Hilton co-chairman and chief executive officer, said: "As a director, Peter was insightful, knowledgeable and contributed greatly to our company's success. He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him."
George was senior vice president of international gaming for Caesar's Entertainment at the time of his death, but remained on Hilton's Board of Directors.
By Emily Manson