A South African national, McLachlan is based at Radisson Hotel Group’s Africa Regional Support Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company's dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in sub-Saharan Africa.
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 Radisson as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and Vice President and thereafter Senior Vice President Business Development in May 2016. He established the group's presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Radisson Hotel Group’s growth strategies in this important emerging market.
Within the last two years Radisson Hotel Group has opened a new hotel in Africa every 45 days and signed a new hotel deal every 37 days. Today according to the W Hospitality Pipeline Report 2018, the ranking for individual brands has Radisson Blu with the largest number of rooms under construction.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.