sbe announced today that John Chan has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Development. In his new role, John is responsible for growing sbe's hotel development pipeline and real estate investments globally. He will work with owners and developers to execute new hotel management and license deals to further grow sbe. John is based in New York.
"sbe has grown phenomenally in the past year and we are delighted to add another prominent industry executive to our leadership team," stated Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of sbe. "John's extensive experience in strategic development and deal making will be an asset as we continue to expand the reach of our preeminent 360-degree lifestyle experience."
"I am thrilled to be joining sbe," stated John. "Sam Nazarian has transformed the hospitality landscape and I look forward to helping sbe increase its real estate footprint worldwide."
John has 13 years of corporate deal making and development experience. Prior to his current position, he worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts for 12 years. Most recently, he focused on global development, working on all three facets of Starwood's portfolio – owned, managed and franchise properties. He also previously led strategic development, operations, finance and contracting for its supply chain group. Additionally, John worked in corporate development, evaluating a broad range of brand and portfolio growth, and related business acquisition opportunities.
John also previously worked at Cendant Corp, the predecessor of Wyndham Worldwide, Realogy, Avis Budget and Travelport/Orbitz, in corporate development, focusing on timeshare and travel distribution opportunities. He began his career in investment banking at ING Barings. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University.
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