President, Global Development
Simon Turner is responsible for the company’s global development activities including hotel and resort development, property acquisitions and dispositions, franchise and management pipeline expansion and real estate investment management.
Prior to joining Starwood in 2008, Turner spent more than ten years as a Principal of Hotel Capital Advisers, Inc., a hotel investment advisory and asset management firm, overseeing both hotel brand and property investments. He led a number of high-profile hotel projects including the acquisition, financing and repositioning of the Hotel George V in Paris and the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Turner served on the board of directors of Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. for almost ten years, serving as a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Audit Committee. Turner was also a member of the board of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International and was chairman of the Audit Committee.
Before joining Hotel Capital Advisers, Turner was a member of the Investment Banking Department of Salomon Brothers. Based in both New York and London, he was responsible for the structuring and execution of a broad range of hotel sector strategic and financial advisory and capital-raising assignments. Before joining Salomon Brothers in 1987, Turner was a Manager in the Washington, D.C. office of Pannell Kerr Forster, an international hotel and tourism consulting firm. Turner previously worked in Saudi Arabia for Gustar Hoteliers, a Swiss-based hotel management and marketing company. Prior to this, he worked for Sheraton in the United States.
Turner is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, is a member of ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance Advisory Board and was previously Vice Chairman of ULI’s hotel council. He also previously served as a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable.
Turner received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. An active alumnus, he serves as an elected member of the Cornell Hotel Society Foundation, an appointed member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Cornell University Council. He previously served on the board of the Cornell Club of New York and as Chairman of the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations.