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Frits van Paasschen

President and Chief Executive Officer
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Since 2007, Frits van Paasschen has led Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the world’s largest and most global operator of high-end hotels with over 1,200 properties in 100 countries.  Its nine brands are: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element.   During his tenure, Starwood has transformed itself into a global company with nearly 60 percent of its existing hotels – and over 82 percent of its planned openings – outside of the United States.    

Van Paasschen spent most of his career working for global lifestyle brands, previously serving as President and CEO of Coors Brewing Company and running Nike’s business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  He began his career as a management consultant, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics and biology from Amherst College.  Van Paasschen currently serves on the Board of Barclays PLC and on Conservation International’s Business Advisory Board.