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Morgans Hotel Group Appoints Howard Wein as
Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage 

 

NEW YORK - June 17, 2008 - Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) (“MHG”) today announced that Howard Wein has been appointed Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage, effective immediately. Wein joins MHG from the Starr Restaurant Organization, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Starr Restaurants and founder and President of Starr Restaurants Hotel Group since 2004. In his new role, Wein will drive operational excellence, directing management of operations, marketing, development, strategic planning, human resources and IT. He will lead new project development and maintain and develop relationships with MHG’s bar and restaurant partners. 

“We are very excited to welcome Howard to the MHG management team,” said Fred Kleisner, President and Chief Executive Officer of MHG. “Our properties are known for the entire experience and dynamic vibe they create; restaurants are integral to our unique destinations and to engaging our guests. Howard’s drive and operational expertise will be instrumental to MHG’s continued success. We look forward to working with this top trendsetter to grow our brand and to continue to exceed our guests’ expectations.” 

At Starr Restaurants, Wein oversaw the direct management of all operations, marketing, development, strategic planning, human resources and IT for the organization. He also directed menu development and management and chef recruiting, and helped the company grow from eight to 16 restaurants. As the Chief Operating Officer of Starr Restaurants, he designed and developed several restaurants, including Buddakan and Morimoto in New York City, Buddakan and Continental in Atlantic City, and Striped Bass, Continental Midtown, Barclay Prime in Philadelphia. Previously, Wein worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, most recently serving as the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for Westin Hotels and Resorts. Wein received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College and holds a Master of Management in Hospitality (MBA) from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. 

About Morgans Hotel Group 
Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and The Shore Club in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Clift in San Francisco, and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London. MHG and an equity partner also own the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and related assets. MHG has other property transactions in various stages of completion, including projects in Miami Beach, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; SoHo, New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Palm Springs, California. For more information please visit www.morganshotelgroup.com. 

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Contact:

Morgans Hotel Group
Jennifer Foley, 212-277-4166
 

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Also See: Ed Scheetz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Morgans Hotel Group Resigns; Fred J. Kleisner Named Interim President and CEO / September 2007
Morgans Hotel Group Partners with Oxford Lodging Advisory, the John Hardy Group and The Oasi Group to Build a 200 room Mondrian Hotel in Downtown Palm Springs, California / January 2008
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