STAMFORD, Conn. — Aylwin Lewis, president and CEO of Chicago’s Potbelly Sandwich Works, has joined the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Board of Directors.

“Aylwin is an established leader in the retail consumer space, with a history of successfully running highly recognizable brands,” said Bruce Duncan, chairman of Starwood’s Board of Directors. “The combination of Aylwin’s operational experience and his track record of building successful franchises makes him an ideal addition to our Board as we continue to build shareholder value, grow Starwood’s footprint and expand its nine leading brands into new markets around the globe.”

Lewis has served as president and CEO of Potbelly Sandwich Works since June 2008. Prior to that Lewis was president and CEO of Sears Holdings Corp., and has also held senior positions with Yum! Brands.

Lewis also serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company.

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