NEW YORK: Starwood Hotel and Leisure Group, the world’s largest
leisure and gaming company following acquisitions of hotel giants Westin
and ITT Sheraton this year, has appointed 19-year veteran of ITT Corp,
James Gallagher, to head up its PR.
Gallagher’s remit as senior vice-president of PR and primary spokesman
for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will be to raise the profile
of the Starwood parent company. He will be responsible for maintaining
communications among the six brands, which have a combined revenue of
pounds 6.25 billion, and include 650 hotels and 100,000 employees
As vice-president of ITT Corp, the group which formerly owned Sheraton
Hotels, Gallagher acted as spokesman during a takeover battle with
Hilton Corp. The brands now under his remit at Starwood are Sheraton,
Westin, Four Points, St Regis Luxury Collection, W Hotels, and the
gaming company Caesar’s World.
The Starwood Lodging Corp, predecessor of the current company, employed
Debbi Ford as manager of investor relations and PR. She has now left the