Hilton served as Ernst & Young’s Vice Chairman—Finance, Technology, and Administration from 1994 to 2001, playing a leadership role in positioning Ernst & Young on the cutting edge of technology deployment and in the development of an outstanding knowledge infrastructure. Functions that reported to Hilton included firm accounting, treasury, data processing and technology support services, real estate, partnership administration, internal audit, knowledge operations and the firm-wide administrative services unit. All these operations had more than 5,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $900 million. He also served as a member of the Americas Executive Board from 1994 to 2002.
Hilton chaired the firm’s Retirement Investment Committee, which handled all pension investment issues including evaluation and selection of funds managers, development and execution of the formal investment policy, etc. Pension and retirement savings plan (401k) assets totaled approximately $4 billion.
Hilton’s 36-year career with E&Y, began in New York after earning a B.S. from the University of Alabama. Early responsibilities took him to Birmingham, National Professional Development, and Atlanta before he was admitted to the partnership in 1980. He then variously served as Regional Director of Computer Auditing, Regional Director of Human Resources, St. Petersburg Managing Partner, Managing Partner-South Florida, and Area Managing Partner–Florida.
Hilton, 69, and his wife, Sallie—a CPA in her own right—have two children and seven grandchildren, and reside in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a CPA.
Hilton serves on the Board of Directors of Printpack, Inc. in Atlanta and is Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a former member and the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lipscomb University in Nashville and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Alabama Society of CPAs and the Financial Executives Institute, Nashville Chapter. Hilton also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Culverhouse School of Business at the University of Alabama.
He is a member of Richland Country Club in Nashville and Shoal Creek in Birmingham.