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Stephen Ford Named Vice President, Area Managing Director
for Starwood Hotels & Resorts New Delhi, India
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Singapore, 10th February 2006 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts announces that it will set up a regional office in New Delhi, India starting this month, led by the newly appointed Vice President, Area Managing Director Stephen Ford.  Stephen Ford overseas hotels in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. 

“Stephen has demonstrated excellent leadership as Area Managing Director for Starwood hotels in  Indonesia over the past 2 years.  His extensive experience with major business stakeholders in Asia as well as exceptional business acumen make him an excellent choice to lead Starwood’s increasingly aggressive growth plans in India.  Asia Pacific’s tourism growth is led by China and India.  With rising arrivals to India, we see great potential for Starwood to increase our presence and vie for a share of the Indian market,” said Neil Palmer, Senior Vice President for Operations, Starwood Asia Pacific.

With the acquisition of the Le Méridien brand, Starwood Asia Pacific now operates an additional  9 hotels in India and Nepal, bringing its total portfolio in that region to 20 operating hotels, with numerous deals under negotiation.

Ford has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, working in Asia, South Africa, USA and the UK. Prior to his tenure with Starwood, he worked in management positions with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts Group, Southern Sun and Zimbabwe Sun. 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.

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Contact:

Hwee-Peng Yeo
Corporate Communications Manager
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd
6 Temasek Boulevard
# 40-01 Suntec Tower Four
Singapore 038986
 hweepeng.yeo@starwoodhotels.com
Tel : +65 6335 4837

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Also See: Vatika Group Appoints Starwood to Manage Two Westin Brand Properties in New Delhi - the 300 room Westin New Delhi Hotel and the Westin Serviced Residences / June 2005
Le Meridien Plans to Add Largest Number of New Hotels in India, More than Any Other Country Globally / January 2005


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