Starwood, Four Seasons Name New Executives

New York -- Two leading hotel companies, Starwood Hotels and Four Seasons, today announced new executive appointments: Matt Ouimet, most recently president of Disneyland Resort, was named president of Starwood's hotel group; and Kathleen Taylor, president of Four Seasons' worldwide business operations, was named the company's president and chief operating officer.

Ouimet, who spent 17 years at The Walt Disney Company in various positions, will oversee hotel operations worldwide for Starwood, of White Plains, N.Y., beginning Aug. 1. More than 850 hotels in 95 countries fly the flags of Starwood's brands, which include Westin, Sheraton, and W. Ouimet will report to Starwood's chief executive, Steven J. Heyer.

Taylor, who joined Four Seasons in 1989, will assume her new position on Jan. 1.

Wolf Hengst, who is currently president of worldwide hotel operations for Four Seasons, has announced his retirement at year's end. Jim FitzGibbon, executive vice president of operations, will succeed Hengst, reporting to Taylor. She will report to Isadore Sharp, the company's chairman and chief executive.

A leading luxury chain, Four Seasons, of Toronto, operates 70 hotels in 31 countries, with more than 25 other properties under development.

Following the announcement of Ouimet's appointment, Disney named Ed Grier, a 25-year company veteran who most recently oversaw operations at Tokyo Disney Resort, to succeed Ouimet. The Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, Calif., consists of Disney's original theme park, Disneyland, also called the Magic Kingdom; Disney's California Adventure theme park; the Downtown Disney shopping and dining outdoor mall; and three Disney hotels.