Kimpton appoints ex-Starwood SVP as chief development officer

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has appointed Allison Reid to chief development officer for the Americas region. Reid has a history of success in development, real estate investments, finance and hotel operations. In her role at Kimpton she will be responsible for leading real estate development and management contracts across the brand.

Prior to Kimpton, Reid served as SVP of North America development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing development and acquisition efforts for all 11 of its brands in North America, the Caribbean and French Polynesia. Reid was also instrumental in launching three new brands including Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio, a collection of independent, four-star hotels, where she signed more than ten deals in the first year. Reid was also the CFO for W Hotels, driving strategic operating and brand growth initiatives.  

“With 18 projected openings through 2020, demand for the Kimpton brand is growing around the world,” Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, said in a statement. “Allison’s successful track record will further fuel our development pipeline and strengthen our presence in key urban, resort and gateway markets.”

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“Bringing a pioneering boutique brand like Kimpton to new destinations will continue to challenge and evolve the hospitality industry,” Reid said in a statement. “I’ve also been a longtime fan of Kimpton’s empowered company culture, and look forward to working side by side with Mike and the senior leadership team.”

Reid spent six years at Interstate Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in various finance and regional roles prior to Starwood, and is a graduate of Bryant University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance and hotel management.

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