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Mr. Flack

Andrew Flack

Vice President Global Brand Marketing, Hilton Hotels

Andrew Flack is Vice President - Global Brand Marketing for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and has oversight of all Hilton brand marketing strategies and functions worldwide. Those functional areas include advertising, visual identity, public relations, strategic partnerships and brand promotions for the leisure and business segments, as well as hotel online tools and resources. A 20-year hotel industry veteran, Mr. Flack was previously Vice President Sales and Marketing - Hilton Asia Pacific, where he created a new marketing organization in support of our emerging growth markets and extended Hilton's global sales network into new countries such as India and Korea. Previous assignments for Hilton have taken Flack to Europe and Australia. As Regional Director of Business Development for Australasia, Flack was responsible for all revenue generating activities across Hilton's portfolio in the region and part of the team that re-built and re-launched Hilton Sydney. During this period, the Hilton brand in Australia moved from fourth to first in the BDRC hotel brand rankings, a position that it retains to this day. Mr. Flack's earlier career included seven years as a general manager. His management of Hilton properties includes leadership of Parmelia Hilton Perth, Hilton Sydney and Hilton Swindon. Flack also worked in management positions at six additional hotels in the United Kingdom. Born in Malta, Mr. Flack is a dual citizen of Britain and Australia and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Flack can be contacted at 703-883-5799 or andrew.flack@hilton.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.