Real estate investment and hospitality management company Highgate has named Arash Azarbarzin as its CEO.
In his new role, he will collaborate with the company’s cofounders and principals to build upon the company’s highly entrepreneurial culture with an emphasis on cultivating and retaining top-tier talent, while simultaneously expanding relationships with esteemed industry partners, the company reports. This includes a heightened focus on Highgate’s Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance strategy based on his expertise in sustainable, modern luxury. In this new role, he will also lead the development of specialized food & beverage and marketing divisions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Arash as Highgate embarks on this next chapter of growth and market leadership,” said Mahmood Khimji, cofounder/co-chairman, Highgate’s board of directors. “Arash brings a perspective that is timely for the future of our portfolio and embodies the work ethic and creativity found at the core of Highgate’s DNA. With his proven track record of mentorship and building successful hospitality destinations, he is a brilliant addition to this organization.”
During a transformational year in which Highgate increased its portfolio by more than 25,000 rooms throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, coupled with a robust pipeline of key openings and acquisitions, Azarbarzin is poised to lead the company to new heights with global expansion.
He brings more than 30 years of hotel leadership experience with luxury brands including Four Seasons, St. Regis Hotels, SLS Hotels and W Hotels. Most recently, as CEO, SH Hotels & Resorts, his strategic vision and operational excellence fueled the growth and performance of the SH portfolio, comprised of 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels and Treehouse Hotels brands.
“It is a great honor to join Highgate and build upon the legacy established by the Khimji family,” said Azarbarzin. “I look forward to bringing a new point of view to the already advantageous hospitality powerhouse.”