CAPE TOWN – Hilton has appointed Andrew McLachlan to the role of Managing Director, Development, Sub-Saharan Africa. He joins the company with over 30 years’ experience of the African hospitality market in Operations and Development roles and will oversee its ambitious growth plans in the region.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, Hilton’s SVP of Development for EMEA said: “Andrew is a well-respected figure in the African hospitality industry, and it is great testament to the momentum behind Hilton that he has decided to join our team. He will work closely with the teams we have in place in Dubai, Cape Town and Nairobi to drive hotel growth, building on the milestone we reached last year of 100 properties trading and under development on the continent.”
Having begun his career as an F&B Trainee in 1990, McLachlan’s passion for hospitality saw him take on his first General Manager position in Johannesburg seven years later. He subsequently took on a number of senior corporate roles within major hotel chains in South Africa before focusing his career on Development where he has subsequently worked on projects in markets across 32 countries in Africa.
On his appointment, McLachlan commented: “I’m excited to be joining Hilton at a time when its brands are some of the fastest growing in Africa and rank amongst the world’s most valuable. There is incredible opportunity across this continent, and I look forward to working with a team of talented and dedicated Developers to realise the potential that the hospitality industry has to drive sustainable economic growth and employment opportunity in Africa.”
McLachlan will be based in Hilton’s Development office in Cape Town, South Africa, leading a team of Developers working across the region. Hilton has 46 hotels open in Africa across 6 brands with 57 further properties in the pipeline.