Armin Zerunyan, born in 1963 in Istanbul, is the Hilton Worldwide Turkey Country General Manager, in charge of Full Service and Luxury Properties, with a total portfolio of 10 hotels including Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton and Conrad Brands, since January 2011.
Before his promotion to the Country General Manager, he was the Cluster General Manager of the Hilton Worldwide Properties in Istanbul since August 2007, in charge of 3 hotels (Hilton Istanbul, Conrad Istanbul, Hilton ParkSA Istanbul) with a total inventory of 1207 rooms. He was the General Manager of the Hilton Prague between February 2003 and July 2007, the largest Hilton Hotel in the Continental Europe with 788 rooms with an adjacent Congress Center for 1200 persons. Before Prague, he held the position of opening General Manager of the Hilton Sofia from August 2000 until February 2003, the first Hilton property in Bulgaria which is a 245 room property that became market leader within its first full year despite of an increasingly challenging competitive environment and difficult trading conditions. He held his first General Manager position in UAE, at the Hilton Fujairah, from July 1999 until August 2000. Hilton Fujairah is a resort type boutique hotel with 92 rooms, beach front, and extensive gardens. During this period, master plan renovation of all public areas was completed and the market share leadership was maintained despite increasingly challenging trading conditions. Zerunyan was the Executive Assistant Manager of the Hilton Dresden in Germany from March 1997 until June 1999 and he was managing Hilton’s most complex food and beverage operation in Europe with 13 outlets, Congress Center and River Boat catering operation.
Zerunyan is Vice President of the Turkish Hotel Association (TUROB) since February 2013 and its Board Member since February 2008. He has been appointed as a board member of the American-Turkish Council (ATC) in December 2010.He is also a member of Istanbul Rotary Club since January 2008. He was the founding board member of Meeting Professionals International chapter in Istanbul (MPI) from November 2009 until August 2012, Secretary of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association IH-RA from 2013 until 2015, board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in İstanbul (ABFT) from April 2008 until January 2010, head of chapter of Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants from May 2006 to July 2007, head of the Tourism Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic between December 2004 and July 2007 and the board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria between January 2002 and February 2003.
Zerunyan holds both Turkish and German citizenship. He is married and a father of two children. He speaks Turkish, German, English and limited Western Armenian.