Wale Succeeds Vos as President of Starwood’s EAME Region
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STAMFORD, CT—Roeland Vos, president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) region, will step down and be succeeded by Michael Wale. Vos will transition into a consulting role with the company effective June 1.
Vos joined Starwood in 1982 and has held progressive management positions throughout his career, including president, Europe and SVP, area director of Italy and Malta. In 2001, he was appointed president, EAME, and under his leadership Starwood grew from 127 properties in the region to 243 hotels and resorts in 60 countries with an additional 64 hotels in the pipeline today.
A 35-year Starwood veteran, Wale began his career with Starwood as a graduate trainee in 1978 at what was then ITT Sheraton. He most recently served as SVP and director of operations for Western Europe. In this role, he was responsible for managing Starwood's operations in Western Europe, leading 54 hotels across eight brands in 13 countries. Previously, Wale held progressive management positions, including SVP global operations for Le Méridien, VP area director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and GM of several flagship Starwood properties such as the Sheraton Park Tower Knightsbridge and the Sheraton Grand Hotel Edinburgh. Following the acquisition of Le Méridien in 2005, Wale led the successful integration of 130 Le Méridien hotels worldwide into Starwood's portfolio. He also created Vita Futura, a graduate training program, which began in the EAME region.
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