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STARWOOD - NEW CEO
STARWOOD - NEW CEO
December 20, 2007,
The ASFONA Board of Directors, together with the Starwood North Americas Advisory Board met with Frits van Paasschen, the new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach - California in October. Following this a further meeting with the CEO took place in November also at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The last ASFONA Board Meeting was held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on February 27th 2008. The date and location of the next meeting will be announced shortly.
Meeting with Starwoods New CEO.
The first week of October comprised a series of meetings at the St. Regis Monarch Beach between Starwoods senior management team and two Advisory Boards, together with the ASFONA Board of Directors. Starwood planned for the North Americas Advisory Board to meet at that time and that was followed by the Sheraton Brand Advisory Board. The week commenced with a meeting of the ASFONA Board of Directors and Honorary Board Members.
Immediately following the ASFONA Board of Directors meeting the ASFONA Board was joined by Frits van Paasschen, the new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts together with Starwoods North Americas Advisory Board Members. Also joining the meeting at that time was Matt Quimet - President Starwood Hotel Group Worldwide, Geoff Ballotti - President North America and Lynne Dougherty - SVP Franchise & Owner Relations.
John Shingler, the President of ASFONA welcomed Frits van Paasschen and introduced him to the group. Frits as the new CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts gave everyone an overview of his background. The meeting then embarked on a discussion with Frits on numerious aspects of the hotel and travel industry and the group also provided him with their insights on the business.
John Shingler, the President of ASFONA congratulated Frits van Paasschen on his appointment as the CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and on behalf of the Board of Directors of ASFONA, welcomed him and wished him every success in his new role as the leader of the Starwood team.
This meeting was followed in November, at the same location with a further meeting also comprising the "aloft" & "element" Brand Advisory Boards.
Both meetings provided Starwoods new CEO with an opportunity of meeting the franchisees & ownership group and becoming familiar with the involvement of ASFONA and its Board of Directors.
For further information on this meeting please call John Shingler direct at 713-523-1352 or cell phone number 832-387-9074.