John Mims Appointment Starwood

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Nov. 17, 2003—Asia-Pacific Sales & Marketing Leader to Head Starwood`s Vast Sales Group. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced today the appointment of John Mims to Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Mims will be responsible for the selling functions at the Corporate and Divisional levels of the company and will supervise the Global Sales Organizations and functions around the world. Mims will report to Robert F. Cotter, Starwood`s Chief Operating Officer.

“John`s international experience and performance in Starwood`s Asia-Pacific division make him an excellent choice to unify Starwood`s worldwide sales organization,” said Cotter. “We look forward to John`s vision and leadership in guiding our sales organization going forward.”

Prior to this new role, Mims led Starwood`s Asia-Pacific sales and marketing team that oversees Global Sales, Distribution Marketing, Revenue Management, Customer Care Centers and Brand Marketing. Mims also led a team of Regional Directors of Marketing that work closely with the sales and marketing teams in 90 Starwood properties in 17 countries in Asia-Pacific.

Before joining Starwood, Mims was the Chief Operating Officer of, a premier network of Asian websites specializing in on-demand leisure and entertainment information for the region. John`s career in sales and marketing includes various senior sales and management positions at Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola and later with Pepsi Cola in both the U.S. and international divisions.

In his new position, Mims becomes the first African-American to be named the head of Global Sales for Starwood. Mims holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. He was also a two-time award recipient of `Who`s Who Among Young Men In America` prior to his service in the United States Air Force in 1982-1987. Mims will be relocating and will be stationed at Starwood`s corporate headquarters in White Plains, NY.


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 740 properties in more than 80 countries and 105,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit