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Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Announces President And CEO Laurence Geller To Step Down



 Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Announces President And CEO Laurence Geller
                                 To Step Down

Chairman of the Board Raymond "Rip" Gellein, Jr. appointed CEO; Company
reaffirms full-year guidance; Will hold conference call today at 5:00 p.m. EDT

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Strategic
Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BEE) announced today that Laurence S. Geller is
stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the
Company's Board of Directors, effective immediately.  Raymond L. "Rip"
Gellein, Jr., Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, will assume the
additional role of Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Geller will serve in an
advisory role to Mr. Gellein until the end of the year.  In addition, the
Company today reaffirmed its full-year guidance. 

"Laurence has led the creation of an outstanding hotel company, replete with
some of the world's most enviable hotels and a deep management team of
accomplished professionals," said Mr. Gellein.  "He instilled a legacy of
ingenuity and disciplined execution that drives both company and hotel
performance which will serve Strategic Hotels well into the future.  On behalf
of the entire Board of Directors, I thank him for his numerous contributions
and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Mr. Geller said: "It has been an immense source of pride over the past 15
years to have founded Strategic Hotels and to have worked with a terrific team
to build not only the acknowledged best high-end lodging portfolio, but also
the most admired asset management organization in the industry.  We have
emerged from the recession a strong company with great assets well positioned
for sustained growth in a virtually no-supply environment.  And with the
recent addition of the iconic JW Marriott Essex House New York, the Company
has re-established its East Coast presence.  With all of this in place, and my
second novel, 'The Last Resort,' being published this month, now is an
excellent time to transition leadership of the Company into Rip's
more-than-capable hands and focus on my myriad other activities and the next
chapter in my life. I remain a significant shareholder of the Company and hold
it in the highest regard," Geller concluded.

Mr. Gellein has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since August
2009 and has served as its Chairman since August 2010.  A proven leader with
deep operational and financial expertise in the public lodging industry, Mr.
Gellein is intimately ingrained in both the development and execution of the
Company's strategic plan.  Previously, he was President of the Global
Development Group for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and, before that,
was the Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Vacation
Ownership, Inc. Gellein also served as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer
of Vistana, Inc.  Mr. Gellein's assumption of the CEO role is consistent with
the Company's succession plan.

"I am fully confident in both the strategic direction of the Company as well
as the strength and professionalism of its leadership team," said Gellein.
"This group has decades of industry experience and will ensure the Company
seamlessly continues the execution of its strategic plan.  Given our unique
physical assets, profitable hotel operations and strong balance sheet, I am
looking forward to leading Strategic Hotels as it realizes its future earnings
and operating growth potential."

Following the recession, the Company has been intently focused on completing
its turnaround strategy, otherwise known as "Strategic 2.0."   Having achieved
its core objectives, today the Company is recognized as being among the
highest performers in the industry, with an enviable portfolio that trades
well below replacement cost, a balance sheet structured to support future
growth, ample organic ROI opportunities embedded in each property, and a team
with the highest asset management, investment and operations expertise in the
industry.

Geller, 64, has been the CEO of Strategic Hotels since it was founded in 1997
and has a long career in the lodging industry spanning more than 45 years.  He
has made many contributions to the industry, having authored more than 50
published professional articles, is a frequent lecturer at various
universities and industry events, and has held leadership positions in some of
the industry's most influential associations. He is a dedicated humanitarian,
and was recently named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by
her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Conference Call Details
Mr. Gellein and Diane Morefield, Chief Financial Officer, will host a
conference call today, Friday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The conference
call will be accessible by telephone and through the Internet. Interested
individuals are invited to access the call by dialing 888-679-8018 (toll
international:  617-213-4845) with passcode: 59955406. To participate on the
webcast, log on to the company's website  http://www.strategichotels.com
or http://www.media-server.com/m/acs/0d1a349bc06c7469bab244ddcdc527fa 15
minutes before the call to download the necessary software.

For those unable to listen to the call live, a taped rebroadcast will be
available beginning at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, November 2, 2012 through 11:59
p.m. CST on November 9, 2012. To access the replay, dial 888-286-8010 (toll
international: 617-801-6888) with passcode 40411588.  A replay of the call
will also be available on the Internet at http://www.strategichotels.com  for
30 days after the call.

In addition, Strategic Hotels plans to release its final third quarter results
on Wednesday, November 7^th, as previously planned, with a conference call at
10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, November 8^th.  Mr. Gellein and Diane Morefield,
Chief Financial Officer, will lead the conference call.

About Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT)
which owns and provides value-enhancing asset management of high-end hotels
and resorts in the United States, Mexico and Europe. The Company currently has
ownership interests in 18 properties with an aggregate of 8,271 rooms and
851,600 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space. For a list
of current properties and for further information, please visit
http://www.strategichotels.com/.

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Strategic Hotels
& Resorts, Inc. (the "Company"). Except for historical information, the
matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements subject
to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially
from the Company's projections. Factors that may contribute to these
differences include, but are not limited to the following: ability to obtain,
refinance or restructure debt or comply with covenants contained in our debt
facilities; volatility in equity or debt markets; availability of capital;
rising interest rates and operating costs; rising insurance premiums; cash
available for capital expenditures; competition; demand for hotel rooms in our
current and proposed market areas; economic conditions generally and in the
real estate market specifically, including deterioration of economic
conditions and the extent of its effect on business and leisure travel and the
lodging industry; ability to dispose of existing properties in a manner
consistent with our disposition strategy; delays in construction and
development; demand for hotel condominiums; the failure of closing conditions
to be satisfied; risks related to natural disasters; the effect of threats of
terrorism and increased security precautions on travel patterns and hotel
bookings; the outbreak of hostilities and international political instability;
legislative or regulatory changes, including changes to laws governing the
taxation of REITs; and changes in generally accepted accounting principles,
policies and guidelines applicable to REITs.

Additional risks are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, including those appearing under the heading "Item 1A.
Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and
subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Although the Company believes the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on
reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be
attained. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press
release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Website: http://www.strategichotels.com
Contact: Diane Morefield, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Strategic Hotels &
Resorts, +1-312-658-5740, or Megan Hakes, Media Relations, +1-312-222-9299
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