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Hellen Lebone

Hellen Lebone

Hilton Worldwide Africa

Hellen Lebone is the Regional HR Director of Hilton Worldwide Africa and Indian Ocean based in Sandton, South Africa. Hilton Worldwide opened its corporate office for Africa and Indian Ocean in 2012.

Lebone has close to 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, in both generalist and specialist roles, like Compensation & Benefits as well as Diversity & Inclusion.

Prior to joining Hilton Worlwide in March 2015, Lebone had extensive experience serving in a number of leadership roles for multi-national companies like Microsoft, BP Southern Africa and Deloitte & Touche. Locally, she worked as Head of HR for Datacentrix Pty Ltd, where she was a member of the Executive Committee. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Stenden University in Port Alfred.

She is passionate about helping people and businesses realise their full potential. Africa is her other passion and she believes that Africa is truly the next frontier. Her work experience in the continent continues to fuel this passion.

As Regional HR Director for Africa & Indian Ocean, Lebone leads HR across Africa & Indian Ocean overseeing the HR mandate and teams at the company’s 15 hotels within the region. A key focus is to drive HR strategic priorities including building an inclusive & high-performing culture and leadership development. Lebone is also responsible for leading, coaching and developing the A&IO HR teams ensuring that the teams maximize their potential and perform efficiently and effectively.


She is a graduate of Wits University and Wits Business School where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management.