Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide appointed Achim Lenders, an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, to VP, global food and beverage. Lenders, who most recently served as corporate SVP of food and beverage for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, will oversee the alignment and development of Starwood’s multi-billion dollar global food and beverage strategy, reporting to John Peyton, SVP of global initiatives.
In his new role, Lenders will lead the creation and execution of strategies to enhance Starwood’s restaurant, bar and banquet operations across nearly 1,300 restaurants and 930 bars in 100 countries. He will also lead Starwood’s Global Food and Beverage Council.
Born and raised in Germany, Lenders worked in a number of local German restaurants after culinary school, eventually joining Hyatt in 1988 as chef de cuisine in Australia. After holding various executive chef positions for Hyatt properties in Brazil, China, Japan and the Philippines, Lenders joined Hyatt’s corporate team in 2005 as director of food & beverage, and rose through the ranks to hold increasingly senior management positions, including VP-corporate chef of Hyatt North America, and VP, international food & beverage.