Diversity Leadership: Matthew W. Schuyler, Hilton Worldwide

Matthew W. Schuyler


Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Hilton Worldwide

Matthew Schuyler’s diverse work experiences—in hospitality, banking, information technology, and as an accountant for the Pittsburgh Pirates—have made him appreciate the value of different opinions. “You will not solve the problem in the best possible way as a leader unless you have varying opinions relative to the problem,” Schuyler told DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti. “In terms of leadership style and leadership behavior, you want people around you who don’t think exactly the same way you do.”

As chief human resources officer, Schuyler oversees Hilton’s 155,000 employees in 93 countries as well as its employee resource groups. He’s also involved with supplier diversity and talent recruitment and management. Hilton relocated its headquarters from California to Virginia in 2009, partly to attract diverse talent, says Schuyler. Since then, nearly 70 percent of new hires have come from different industries.

Before joining Hilton Worldwide in 2008, Schuyler was Chief Human Resources Officer at Capital One Financial Corporation. He oversaw the company’s human resources strategy, real estate holdings and corporate sustainability efforts.

He has also served as a vice president of human resources at Cisco Systems, Inc.; as a partner in the Global Human Resources Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and as an accountant for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1990s.

Schuyler earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America; the Penn State University Business School Board of Visitors; and the advisory board for Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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