Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Jeff Cava Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Ex-Wendy's Executive to Lead Human Resources

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2008--Frits van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced today the appointment of Jeff Cava as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. In his new role, Cava will be leading Starwood's world class group of global Human Resources professionals. Cava brings to Starwood over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry having served as Vice President of Global Staffing, Training and Development for ITT Sheraton Corporation and in various corporate and field based Human Resources management positions with Promus Corporation. Reporting to van Paasschen, Cava will also be a member of Starwood's Senior Leadership Team.

Most recently, Cava served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Wendy's International, Inc., and Executive Vice President of The New Bakery Company at Wendy's. Prior to his role at Wendy's, Cava was Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Nike, Inc. and Vice President, Human Resources for The Walt Disney Company Consumer Products Group.

Cava earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Masters of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San Diego State. He will be based in Starwood's company headquarters in White Plains, NY.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.(R)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, Aloft(SM) and Element(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. Further results, performance and achievements may be affected by general economic conditions including the impact of war and terrorist activity, business and financing conditions, foreign exchange fluctuations, cyclicality of the real estate (including residential) and the hotel and vacation ownership businesses, operating risks associated with the hotel, vacation ownership and residential businesses, relationships with associates and labor unions, customers and property owners, the impact of the internet reservation channels, our reliance on technology, domestic and international political and geopolitical conditions, competition, governmental and regulatory actions (including the impact of changes in U.S. and foreign tax laws and their interpretation), travelers' fears of exposure to contagious diseases, risk associated with the level of our indebtedness, risk associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions, and the introduction of new brand concepts and other risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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