Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) confirmed today that Fred Kleisner, President of Starwood`s hotel operations for the Americas, has resigned from the company to become the President of Wyndham Hotels. Ted Darnall, Executive Vice President, Operations, North America for Starwood`s hotel group will assume Mr. Kleisner`s position. Osvaldo Librizzi, President of South American hotel operations will report directly to Juergen Bartels, Chief Executive Officer of Starwood`s Hotel Group.
“We are very pleased to have an executive of Ted Darnall`s caliber and experience on board to assume full responsibility for our operations in North America,” Mr. Bartels said.
Mr. Darnall, 41, has in-depth knowledge and expertise of the industry drawn from his affiliation with organizations that are both owners and operators of hotels. He joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in 1996 as Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the operational and financial performance for the company`s portfolio of owned, managed and franchised hotels, which prior to the Westin and ITT acquisitions represented more than 100 hotels operating under 21 different brands, and 26 independent properties. He was appointed to his current position, Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations, North America in March 1998.
Prior to joining Starwood Lodging, Mr. Darnall was with Interstate Hotels Corporation for more than 14 years where he held a variety of management positions, and in 1995 was named Senior Vice President of Operations.
Starwood, through its St. Regis/Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points and W subsidiaries, is one of the leading hotel companies in the world with more than 700 hotels in 72 countries and 130,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.