NEW YORK, N.Y. — S. Kirk Kinsell has been named president and CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts, effective March 2015. Paul Whetsell will remain CEO until that time and will then become vice-chairman to ensure a smooth transition.
Most recently, Kinsell served as president, The Americas for Denham, U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group. With more than 3,700 hotels under his management, Kinsell was responsible for business development and performance of all hotel brands and properties in North and South America.
“Kirk’s broad experience in development, sales and brand operations makes him an ideal choice to lead Loews Hotels forward in our next phase of growth and operational excellence,” said Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts and co-chairman of Loews Corp. “I want to thank Paul Whetsell for his leadership over the last several years. He has been instrumental in profitably growing our brand and broadening our customer base through the addition of key properties in gateway cities and by building upon the success of our existing portfolio.”
“I have spent the majority of my career at larger chains and am gratified by the prospect of being able to shape the continued growth of one of the most storied luxury brands in the industry,” said Kinsell.