Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Appoints Aylwin Lewis, CEO of Potbelly Sandwich Works, to Board of Directors

  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Appoints Aylwin Lewis, CEO of
  Potbelly Sandwich Works, to Board of Directors

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- January 2, 2013

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the
election of Aylwin B. Lewis to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective
immediately. Mr. Lewis, 58, is currently the President and Chief Executive
Officer of Potbelly Sandwich Works, LLC.

“Aylwin is an established leader in the retail consumer space, with a history
of successfully running highly recognizable brands,” said Bruce Duncan,
Chairman of Starwood’s Board of Directors. “The combination of Aylwin’s
operational experience and his track record of building successful franchises
make him an ideal addition to our Board as we continue to build shareholder
value, grow Starwood’s footprint and expand its nine leading brands into new
markets around the globe.”

Mr. Lewis has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Potbelly
Sandwich Works, LLC since June 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis was President
and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation, a nationwide
retailer, after serving in numerous other senior leadership positions within
the company, including President, Sears and Kmart Retailing, following Sears’
acquisition of Kmart Corporation in 2005, where Mr. Lewis was then President
and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Mr. Lewis also served in
high-ranking positions during his thirteen year career with Yum! Brands, Inc.,
a franchisor of quick service restaurants including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco
Bell, including Chief Multi-Branding and Operating Officer and Chief Operating
Officer.

Mr. Lewis, who also serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney
Company, received dual bachelor degrees from the University of Houston in
Business Management and English Literature, a master of science degree in
Human Resource Management from Houston Baptist University and an M.B.A. from
the University of Houston.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in nearly 100 countries
and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton,
Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading
loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and
redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and
privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit
www.starwoodhotels.com.

Contact:

Media:
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Carrie Bloom, 203-964-5755
 
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