Management Changes at SPG (Starwood)

Discussion created by jasper100 on Apr 12, 2012
announces retirements, organizational changes
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Starwood announced the retirements of the presidents of its hotel group and
North America and Asia Pacific operations on Thursday.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Stamford, Connecticut, said that
Matt Avril, president of the Hotel Group, Denise Coll, president of Starwood
North America; and Miguel Ko, chairman and president of Starwood Asia Pacific
are retiring. The company also announced organizational changes in light of the

"On behalf of all of Starwood, I want to thank Matt, Denise, and Miguel for
their unique contributions and hard work over their combined 80-plus years of
tenure. Were it not for these three leaders, Starwood would not find itself in
the strong position it is in today,” said Frits van Paasschen, Starwood
president and CEO. “Reflecting their deep commitment to the company, Matt,
Denise and Miguel have all agreed to stay on through year-end to support this

Avril has been president of the Hotel Group since 2008, supervising
Starwood’s global hotel operations and sales function. Avril began his career
with Starwood in 1989 through Vistana, Inc., the predecessor to Starwood
Vacation Ownership. Ko has agreed to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of Starwood
Asia Pacific for the next three years.


Organizational changes, promotions

Starwood will realign its structure by combining its North America and Latin
America operations together into the Americas. In 2011, Latin America was
Starwood's fastest growing region in terms of both net rooms and RevPAR growth.
Starwood will also elevate its leadership in China to reflect that country's
great importance for Asia Pacific. As part of the organizational changes, the
presidents of the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Africa and Middle East
will now report directly to van Paasschen.

Specific leadership appointments that are effective July 1, 2012 include the


  • Sergio Rivera, currently President and CEO of Starwood Vacation Ownership,
    and a longtime member of Starwood's senior leadership team, has been promoted to
    co-president of Starwood Americas

  • Osvaldo Librizzi, currently Starwood’ president of Latin America and a
    37-year Starwood veteran, has been promoted to co-president of the Americas,
    alongside Rivera

  • Stephen Ho, currently senior vice president of acquisitions and development
    for Starwood China, has been promoted to president of Asia Pacific

  • Qian Jin, currently head of Starwood's operations for China, has been
    promoted to the title of president of Greater China

  • Christie Hicks, senior vice president, Starwood Sales Organization, a
    12-year Starwood veteran, will now report directly into Frits van Paasschen

  • John Peyton, currently senior vice president of operations for Starwood
    North America, has been promoted to the new role of senior vice president of
    Global Initiatives

  • Robert Hermany, currently senior vice president of operations, North
    America, has been promoted to replace Peyton in an expanded role of chief of
    North American operations and global initiatives