Marylouise Fitzgibbon Appointed as General Manager for W Fort Lauderdale in Florida. With over 20 years of Starwood experience, Marylouise Fitzgibbon has joined W Fort Lauderdale as General Manager. In this role, Fitzgibbon will be responsible for managing hotel staff while implementing new strategies to elevate awareness and attract new clientele for the beachfront hotel. Prior to joining W Fort Lauderdale, Fitzgibbon was the General Manager of W Atlanta Buckhead, where she was responsible for the opening of the hotel from concept to completion in 2008. Within the first three months, her marketing savvy helped the hotel secure over 230 pieces of press coverage in top tier publications, reaching a global audience of nearly 200 million. Under her leadership, the hotel was named 2009 Buckhead Business of the Year and became one of the area's premier destinations. Source: HotelOnline
Shepard Rubinger Appointed Director of Group Sales. Shepard Rubinger, currently at Starwood Hotels New York Metro Market has been appointed Director of Group Sales at Starwood's luxury W New York hotel, W New York Union Square. Mr. Rubinger joined Starwood's New York Sales Complex after overseeing the transition of New York's iconic Essex House from Jumeriah to Marriott management. Mr Rubinger's move to W Union Square marks a significant step for Starwood towards reaffirming their on-property sales presence and their commitment to first rate service. Press release.