|San Francisco, June 2, 2004 - Nir E. Margalit was recently named executive
vice president/general counsel and secretary for Kimpton Group Holding
LLC, parent company of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. In
this role, he is responsible for the overall legal function of the company
and its subsidiaries, including operations, development, investment, intellectual
property/brand identity and corporate administration.
Nir was also the first vice president and general counsel for Best Western
International Inc., the world's largest hotel chain where he assumed management
responsibilities for the legal function of the worldwide lodging brand,
and assisted with the development and expansion of the brand into Asia
and South America. He was a member of the executive team that developed
and implemented a brand awareness program that raised brand awareness from
five to eleven percent in under a year.
Margalit began his professional career as a law clerk and then an associate at Krupin, Carr, Morris & Graeff in Washington, DC. Margalit was a partner in the Washington, DC based law firm Margalit, Yellott & Cooper where his clients included various local and national companies.
In the hotel industry, Margalit was vice president, development and special counsel at CapStar Hotels (now Meristar Hospitality (NYSE: MMH)). He then served as the vice president, general counsel and secretary at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) in Phoenix. There he managed all legal matters for the company during its period of explosive growth.
Nir earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He enjoys hiking, playing squash and riding motorcycles.
Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with bustling chef-driven restaurants. Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 39 hotels and restaurants across the United States and Canada.
|Also See:||Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Expanding into New York, Boston and San Diego / March 2004|
|Nir E. Margalit Appointed as Best Western’s Vice President and General Counsel / Sept 2000|