International hotel chain, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, has appointed Michael Wale as President of Starwood’s Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) region, following Roeland Vos’ decision to step down from the role. Vos will transition into a consulting role with the company, effective 1 June 2013.
“We are grateful to Roeland for his many contributions to Starwood during his more than 30 years with the company,” said President and CEO of Starwood, Frits van Paasschen. “Roeland has overseen Starwood’s growth across a diverse region, and during his 12-year tenure leading EAME we’ve nearly doubled our hotel footprint in the region and accelerated our business in key fast-growing markets.”
Van Paasschen added that Starwood had continued with its legacy of promoting within by appointing Wale. Wale began his career with Starwood in 1978 at what was then ITT Sheraton. In his most recent role as Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Western Europe, he was responsible for managing 54 hotels across eight brands in 13 countries.
“Michael has been instrumental in strengthening the profile of Starwood’s brands across Europe, including launching new brands in select markets, and restoring marquee and luxury properties in others. With his combination of strategic vision, management experience, relationships with associates and customers, and a global sensibility, Michael is perfectly positioned to oversee Starwood’s continued growth as our new President of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.”
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