Barry S. Sternlicht
Chairman and CEO
Starwood Property Trust, Inc.
Over the past 18 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured more than 300 investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion. He was the Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., an NYSE-listed company, from September 1997 to May 2005 and the Chief Executive Officer of this company from January 1999 to October 2004. He was also the Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NYSE-listed company, from January 1995 to May 2005 and the Chief Executive Officer of this subsidiary from January 1995 to October 2004. Founded by Mr. Sternlicht in 1995, Starwood Hotels is now one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 800 properties in 80 countries and more than 115,000 employees. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchiser of hotels and resorts with seven internationally renowned brands, including: The St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien and Four Points by Sheraton, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier developer and operator of vacation ownership resorts.
Mr. Sternlicht is Chairman of the Board of Société du Louvre and Baccarat. He also serves on the Board of Directors of National Golf, The Estée Lauder Companies, the National Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase and the Advisory Board of Eurohypo Bank. Mr. Sternlicht is a Trustee of Brown University. He serves on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program, Kids in Crisis, The Harvard Club, the Business Committee for the Arts and the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding. He is a member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, the Presidential Tourism & Travel Advisory Board, the Young Presidents Organization, the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Sternlicht received his B.A., magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.