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Starwood's Klein, Lalvani Join Hilton Hotels

Monday June 2nd, 2008 - 11:45AM

BEVERLY HILLS, CA- In an effort to further develop its presence in the luxury and lifestyle sectors, Hilton Hotels Corporation has added Ross Klein and Amar Lalvani to its executive team. Klein and Lalvani, both previously of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will join Hilton as global head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands and global head of Luxury & Lifestyle brand development, respectively. With Starwood, Klein was president of the Luxury Brand Group and Lalvani was senior vp, development, Luxury Brands Group and global head of W development. Klein was also the concept and creative lead which introduced aloft, a division of W hotels, into the international marketplace and Lalvani spearheaded the expansion of the W Hotels brand in several new markets globally. At Hilton, Klein will oversee the companys global luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio, including Waldorf=Astoria, the Waldorf=Astoria Collection and Conrad, and will spearhead the companys entry into the lifestyle segment. Lalvani will lead the global development of Hiltons luxury and lifestyle segments. The company also announced the promotion of two senior Hilton executives, Phil Cordell and William Fortier. Cordell, a nine-year veteran with Hilton and currently senior vp, brand management - Hampton, will assume additional responsibilities in the newly created position of Global Head of Focused Service Brands. In addition to continuing to lead the Hampton brand, Cordell will oversee the global focused service brand portfolio, including Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. Fortier, currently senior vp, franchise development, Americas, will assume the role of senior vp, development, Americas, with responsibility for developing both the managed and franchised businesses in the region.