Having studied biomedical engineering as a pre-med student at Boston University, who would have ever thought that Ann Fastiggi would be leading a Hospitality and Leisure Practice, recruiting the most senior talent for companies like Hilton Worldwide, Caesars Entertainment, Wyndham Hotels Group, or Choice Hotels International? Certainly she did not. After switching majors and pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology, Ann worked in sales and marketing for a hospitality company. She then landed in executive search with Heidrick & Struggles in 1995 and loved the intersection of business and talent. She has not looked back. In the past twenty years, she has helped clients complete over 200 searches at the vice president level and above. In fact, Ann has played an integral role in a number of CEO searches within the hospitality sector.
Ann’s personal passion for travel was fueled by her parents, who grew up in Ireland and South Africa respectively and loved travel and adventure. Having spent seven years with Spencer Stuart, helping to establish its Hospitality Practice, she has built thousands of trusted relationships with executives in the hotel, restaurant, gaming, cruise line, consumer travel, consumer, and retail sectors. Her hands-on approach and focus on assessment, cultural fit, and competencies has enabled her to build many loyal client partnerships.
Ann joined RSR Partners in April 2014 to establish and lead the firm’s Hospitality and Leisure Practice. She began her career in hospitality with a small tour operator called Owenoak Castle Tours. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her master’s degree from Temple University. Ann lives in Wilton, Connecticut with her husband and daughter.