Edition Hotels' Dan Flannery confirmed for Great GM Debate

Marriott International's Edition Hotels will be debuting in the region - with confirmed hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dan Flannery.
Dan Flannery.

Edition Hotels senior vice president and managing director Daniel Flannery has been confirmed as the speaker for the first 'In Conversation With...' session at the Hotelier Middle East: Great GM Debate 2017.

He will be interviewed on stage by Devina Divecha, the group editor of the Hospitality Group of titles at ITP Media Group, and the session will also be opened to the audience for questions.

Edition Hotels, a brand under the Marriott International umbrella, will be launching in Abu Dhabi and Dubai over the next few years - with the property in the UAE capital set for a 2018 opening.

Flannery joined Marriott in 1981 at the age of 18, at the opening of the original Gaithersburg Marriott. He graduated from The Robert H. Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland in 1985 and grew up with Marriott, working in F&B throughout Southern California and New York.

He became a general manager in 1999 before moving to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 2002, serving as area vice president for the company’s Northeast hotels in New York and Boston and was a member of the company’s corporate steering committee.

In 2009, Flannery was named vice president and managing director for Edition, and in collaboration with Ian Schrager, he developed the team, the culture, the platform and systems for this new brand and launched the first hotels.

In 2011, he joined Morgans Hotel Group as COO, and was most recently executive vice president for North America for Langham Hospitality Group and provided operations support for the company’s hotels in China, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

In September 2015, Flannery returned to Edition as senior vice president and managing director. He has led openings and pre-opening activities throughout the United States and around the world, in London, Istanbul, Marrakech, the Middle East, the Bahamas and Sanya, China.

He is an adjunct professor at The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Marketing at New York University in the Masters Programme. He serves on the Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry advisory board. He has served on the board of directors for the Hotel Association of New York City and on the Tisch Center Advisory Board, as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

In 2009, Flannery was recognised by HSMAI as Operations Executive of the Year. In 2008, Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine named him Top General Manager in the World. In 2006, he was recognised by The Food and Beverage Association of America as Hospitality Professional of the Year.

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