BERLIN--Mar. 8, 2013-- From ITB Berlin in Germany, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that it has made two key appointments within its sales organization and plans to expand resources globally. Asad Ahmed has been named Vice President of Sales for Starwood’s Europe, Africa and Middle East division, and Alice Harrington-Caravello has been named Vice President, Global Corporate Sales, replacing Mary Casey who is now Senior Vice President of Sales, North America. The two key appointments come on the heels of a solid year of hotel signings and strong outlook for the year ahead, and speaks to the continued strength of the Starwood Sales Organization which is currently comprised of more than 5,000 associates in nearly 100 countries around the world.
“We are thrilled to recognize the achievements of our sales leaders and
are proud to announce new roles for Asad and Alice in our Europe,
Africa and Middle East division and on our global team,” said Christie
Hicks, Senior Vice President, Starwood Sales Organization. “As our
customers become increasingly more global, we are adding sales
resources around the world to ensure that we continue to provide the
service that our customers depend on in markets where they are doing
The Starwood Sales Organization continues to expand in emerging and
fast growing markets around the world, strengthening its team with the
industry’s best talent to provide informative and seamless services to
its global customers that combines global expertise and local
intelligence. Since 2009, Starwood has added more than 100 sales
associates outside of North America, and in 2012 additional positions
were added across its four divisions as a result of increasing growth
in emerging markets including China, Turkey, Russia, Croatia, India,
Dubai and South Africa. New roles have been created to keep up with
demand, and 20 additional positions are expected in Asia Pacific and
Brazil in 2013.
Starwood Appoints Global and
Division Sales Leaders
Prior to his role as vice president of sales, Ahmed held the position
of regional director of sales, Italy and Central Mediterranean where he
was responsible for sales teams across more than 40 hotels in seven
countries. In his new role, he will oversee strategic sales efforts for
the division. He has been with Starwood since 2005.
Harrington-Caravello was previously managing director, strategic
accounts where she oversaw Starwood’s global corporate account teams.
Now a member of Starwood’s global sales leadership team,
Harrington-Caravello will work closely with divisional sales leaders
and is responsible for overall global corporate account strategy.
About Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading
hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in
nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed
properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and
franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following
internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®,
Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM.
The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs,
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem
points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style
resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information,
please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
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