John T.A. Vanderslice is global head of Hilton Worldwide’s luxury and lifestyle brands – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Canopy by Hilton – and leads each brand’s development strategies, operations and product innovation, training and culture, and global marketing initiatives.
Vanderslice joined Hilton Worldwide in September 2009 and now oversees 50 luxury and lifestyle properties located in the world’s most sought-after and desired leisure and business destinations. Prior to his role with Hilton Worldwide, he has worked at such notable companies as Club Med, Inc. and Kraft General Foods.
Vanderslice previously served as president and CEO of Club Med Americas, operator of more than 65 leisure resorts around the world, where he led Club Med’s operations in North and South America. He was credited with successfully integrating Club Med’s marketing and commercial activities, finance and operations while repositioning the all-inclusive resorts as upscale destinations.
Regarding the ILHA 2016 Pinnacle Summit: “I will be discussing Hilton’s commitment to addressing and fulfilling the needs of today’s luxury traveler. To do so, we believes it’s important to listen and be aware of what they are asking for and enhancing our guest experiences to meet those needs. In fact, our listening and monitoring of what luxury travelers want in today’s competitive market has revealed an important trend in luxury hospitality – guests have shifted their focus from products to experiences. To stay ahead of this trend and deliver the type of experiences that luxury guests expect, our luxury brands, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, each offer their own brand-wide, guest-centric initiatives that deliver one-of-a-kind, memorable experiences for guests, and that bring each brand to life.”