Speaker Profile

Andrew McLachlan

Senior Vice President, Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean
The Rezidor Hotel Group

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A South African national, McLachlan is based at Carlson Rezidor’s Development office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean. Carlson Rezidor currently has 69 hotels under operation and development in 28 countries in Africa - under either their individual luxury brand Quorvus Collection, upper upscale Radisson Blu brand, upscale lifestyle select Radisson Red brand or their upper midscale Park Inn by Radisson brand. Andrew's career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager. In December 2006, Andrew joined Carlson Rezidor as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and then Vice President Business Development in January 2009. In May 2016 he became Senior Vice President Business Development and continues to spearhead Carlson Rezidor's growth strategies in this important emerging market through a dedicated development office in Cape Town. Since January 2007 Carlson Rezidor has added 61 hotels to their African portfolio growing from 8 hotels in 5 countries to 69 hotels in 29 countries today. Andrew is married and has two sons.