Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
In the year 2007, Nassetta started working for Hilton, bringing an extensive real estate background with him along with hospitality. Ever since taking the new role of CEO, Nassetta has changed the company, establishing the hospitality sector of Hilton in 27 new countries by adding 2,200 hotels in its chain of over 5,000 properties in 103 nations and territories. At Host Hotels & Resorts, he was the CEO and then he joined Hilton thereafter.
Chris has been a Member of WTTC’s Executive Committee from the year 2011 and Vice Chairman for North America ever since 2014.
Nassetta will take over from Gerald Lawless, the Chairman at present, following the Annual General Meeting of the council that will take place on 17th April, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. WTTC Chairmen are nominated for a two-year term.
Lawless, who has been Chairman of WTTC since April 2016, said, “It has been an honour to serve as Chairman of WTTC for the past two years and I am delighted to be handing over to Chris Nassetta to steer the Council into its next phase of development. I am sure that he and Gloria Guevara, WTTC’s President and CEO, will form a strong team to advocate for the economic and social benefits of Travel & Tourism.”
Nassetta said, “I would like to thank Gerald for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the global Travel & Tourism industry. I am also honoured to accept the role as WTTC Chair at a time of amazing opportunity and growth. I believe the Council can play an important role to bring governments and the industry together to deliver smart plans that support both security and international travel. I also believe that the unique scale and reach of WTTC Members can be used to tackle significant global issues, including climate change and global youth unemployment. A Travel & Tourism industry focused on these challenges can deliver great things for this generation and the next.”