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., and is responsible for overseeing all of Starwood’s legal and governmental affairs globally as well as Labor Relations, Compliance, Global Citizenship, Safety & Security, Risk Management and Facilities. He advises the Board of Directors, the Chairman, CEO and other management as well as leads his own programs and initiatives across the Company.
As a key member of the leadership team, Mr. Siegel has been intimately involved in Starwood’s emergence as an industry leader since 2000. In addition to his legal and administrative responsibilities, he played a pivotal role in Starwood’s transition to an asset-light business and has been the architect of transactions that drove both top- and bottom-line benefits through industry leading initiatives. He champions the company’s Global Citizenship team which creates strategic socially responsible and environmentally sustainable programs and partnerships.
Prior to joining Starwood, Mr. Siegel spent four years as 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, 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 that Mr. Siegel designed and led. 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 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 technology and hospitality companies as well as major transactional work for private equity and leveraged buyout funds. Mr. Siegel began his career as an Associate with Cravath Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Siegel is a member of the New York bar. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Cancer Hope Network, a Trustee of Sacred Heart University and a Director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Mr. Siegel graduated from New York University with a J.D. degree and received an A.B. degree from Cornell University.