Hilton hires ex-White House adviser as global head of corporate affairs
Hilton has named former White House adviser Katie Beirne Fallon as senior vice president and global head of corporate affairs.
The hospitality company’s corporate affairs department includes communications, government relations and corporate responsibility functions for the company globally. Fallon will report to Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, and serve as a member of the executive committee.
Nassetta said: “As we continue to gain momentum and accelerate our growth around the world, finding additional ways to connect and engage with our most critical stakeholders becomes even more important. Katie is widely admired by both high-ranking Republicans and Democrats, and her unique perspective on the strategic intersection between communications and policy will help us strengthen the Hilton brand and drive value for the business. Together with the entire corporate affairs team, we are extremely well positioned to further our industry leadership and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace.”
Fallon added: “I am honoured and excited to join the Hilton team on their mission to be the world’s most hospitable company. Hilton is renowned for its exceptional customer service, its pioneering innovation in the industry and its leadership in the communities it serves. The global hospitality sector has never been more dynamic, and as Hilton continues to strengthen its competitive position around the world, I am eager to work with the team in building upon the terrific heritage and reputation of the business.”
Previously, Fallon held senior roles in policy and communications in Washington D.C. for more than a decade and, most recently, was White House director of legislative affairs and head of the White House office of legislative affairs for President Obama. Before becoming the President’s chief liaison to Members of Congress, Fallon served as his deputy communications director, responsible for his strategic communications planning.