Mark A. Robertson has been promoted to assistant general counsel of Hilton Hotels Corporation. He reports directly to Thomas E. Gallagher, executive vice president, chief administrative officer & general counsel for the company. Robertson most recently served as vice president & counsel, a position held since 1999.
In his new position as vice president and assistant general counsel, Robertson is responsible for Hilton`s legal efforts in regard to e-commerce, multimedia and the internet, information technology and services, and franchising for all of Hilton`s brands, including those recently acquired through the purchase of Promus Hotel Corporation.
Robertson, from Anchorage, Ak. and Spokane, Wash., joined the company in 1995 as counsel of Hilton Hotels Corporation and vice president and counsel of Conrad International Hotels. He was named senior counsel at Hilton in 1998. He came to Hilton from the law firm of O`Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, where he had a general real estate and transactional practice.
Prior to his legal career, he was a United States diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. While with the State Department, he was posted at the U. S. Embassy in Sanaa in the Yemen Arab Republic, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Department of State in Washington, D.C. He also served in temporary duty assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon (following the Embassy bombing) and at the U.S. Consulate General in Naples, Italy. He was awarded the Meritorious Honor Award in 1984 by the State Department for his services in the Middle East.
Robertson attended Columbia University in New York City where he was a John Jay Scholar in the class of 1981, and also attended the State Department`s Foreign Services Institute. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988 and his juris doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1991. He is a member of the California and Washington D.C. bar associations.