President, Europe, Africa, and Middle East
Michael Wale is President for Europe, Africa & Middle East for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. In his role, he directly oversees the operations for almost 250 hotels and resorts in 60 countries. He was appointed to this position in June 2013 and is based at the company’s EAME divisional office in Brussels, Belgium.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wale served as Senior Vice President & Regional Director of Operations for Starwood's Western Europe Region. Following the acquisition of Le Méridien in 2005, Mr. Wale led the successful worldwide integration of Le Méridien hotels into Starwood’s portfolio.
Mr. Wale started his career with Starwood in 1978 as the company’s first Management Trainee in the UK at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow, which was then still part of ITT Sheraton. Since then, he held progressive management positions in the UK and Ireland, including Rooms Divisions, General Manager, Area Manager and Regional Operations roles.
Passionate about the development of leadership talent, he also created Vita Futura, an innovative graduate training program which began in the EAME division and has helped to shape the careers of many leaders throughout Starwood.
A British national, Mr. Wale graduated from the Westminster Hotel School in London and holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Hotel Management. He lives in Brussels with his wife Tricia and has two children, Georgina and Edward.