Kenneth S. Siegel
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Kenneth S. Siegel is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, one of the largest hotel and leisure companies in the world. Starwood owns, manages and franchises 1,175 hotels in nearly 100 countries under the St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, W and Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element brands as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. Mr. Siegel joined Starwood in 2000. In his role as Chief Administrative Officer, he has responsibility for areas including Global Citizenship, Labor Relations and Compliance. As General Counsel, Mr. Siegel oversees Starwood’s legal and governmental affairs both domestically and internationally and advises the Board of Directors, the Chairman, CEO and management on these matters.
During the four years prior to joining Starwood, Mr. Siegel was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Cognizant Corporation and its successor companies. Cognizant, a multinational information services company, was originally comprised of IMS Health Inc., Nielsen Media Research and The Gartner Group. In 1998, Cognizant divested its three unrelated components into two entities, and Mr. Siegel became General Counsel of IMS Health, which included IMS Health and a controlling interest in Gartner. In 1999, IMS Health spun off Gartner in a tax-free transaction Mr. Siegel designed, and he was named General Counsel of Gartner in January 2000.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Siegel was a Partner with Baker & Botts LLP, responsible for a full range of corporate legal services with particular focus on technology-oriented clients including Lotus, Polaroid, Dell and TCI as well as representation of international leveraged buyout funds and securities firms. Before that, he served as Senior Partner of O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell LLP where he focused on work for Lotus and Motel 6 as well as major transactional work for private equity and leveraged buyout funds. Mr. Siegel began his career in 1980 as an Associate with Cravath Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Siegel is a member of the New York bar. He is a Trustee of the Cancer Hope Network and the American Hotel and Lodging Education Foundation and a director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Mr. Siegel graduated from New York University with a J.D. degree in 1980 and received an A.B. degree from Cornell University in 1977.
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