sbe appoints Starwood's John Chan as SVP, development

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Lifestyle hospitality company sbe appointed John Chan as SVP, development, as reported by a release from the company. 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,” Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of sbe, said in a statement. “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,” Chan said in a statement. “Sam Nazarian has transformed the hospitality landscape and I look forward to helping sbe increase its real estate footprint worldwide.”


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Chan 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, Chan focused on global development, working on all three facets of Starwood’s portfolio of 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 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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