PHOTO: The Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus in Turkey. Stephen F. Bollenbach worked to help Hilton expand internationally during his time as CEO. (Photo courtesy of Hilton Worldwide)
Hotel industry veteran and former Hilton CEO Stephen F. Bollenbach died earlier this month at the age of 74.
Widow Kimberly Bollenbach confirmed he died Oct. 8 after a long battle with illness, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A native of L.A., Bollenbach held executive positions at a plethora of companies operating within the travel industry, including Hilton, Disney, Caesars Entertainment and the Trump Organization, where he worked as chief financial officer from 1990 to 1992.
After serving as the chief financial officer of the Walt Disney Company and helping to close the 1995 acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., Bollenbach eventually took over the roles of co-chairman and CEO of the Hilton Hotels Corporation a year later.
He spent more than a decade with the company, helping to lead its international expansion efforts. In 2005, Bollenbach helped unify Hilton's U.S. and international properties after the latter had been split off more than four decades before.
Kimberly told the Times that Bollenbach considered his time at Hilton to be his top achievement.
"He was most proud about taking the brand globally," she said.
In addition to his wife, Bollenbach is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.