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Starwood Hotels Names Todd Thompson Chief Information Officer; 
Former JetBlue Executive to Oversee Starwood's Global Technology
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- November 7, 2006 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the appointment of Todd Thompson to chief information officer. In this role, Mr. Thompson will be responsible for all facets of Starwood’s information technology globally. He will join Starwood’s Senior Leadership Team and will report to Vasant Prabhu, Starwood’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. 

With more than 20 years of technology experience, Mr. Thompson was most recently chief information officer for JetBlue Airlines where he was responsible for companywide information technology projects and operations. 

“Todd’s depth and breath of experience in the technology arena, coupled with his industry-leading accomplishments in the airline industry make him an ideal candidate for Starwood as we continue to strive for innovation in all aspects of our business,” said Mr. Prabhu. 

Prior to joining Jet Blue in 2003, Mr. Thompson led consulting practices for SBI.Razorfish and Arthur Anderson Business Consulting. Earlier in his career, he was the IT Director at Nu Skin and a Senior Consultant for Anderson Consulting. 

Mr. Thompson received a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Brigham Young University. 

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. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced aloftSM and ELEMENTSM Hotels. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com. 

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Contact:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
K.C. Kavanagh
914-640-8339 

Also See: Hotel Veteran Joe Gelchion Named Senior Vice President of Owner Relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts / October 2006
Stephen Ford Named Vice President, Area Managing Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts New Delhi, India / February 2006

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