San Francisco Westin appoints new GM

(Randy Zupanski will lead the 1,195-room hotel and its team of 85 managers and 750 associates.)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts appointed Randy Zupanski as GM of the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. As the hotel’s leader, he will guide the strategy and vision for the 1,195-room property. Zupanski will oversee a team of approximately 85 managers and 750 associates.

“We are delighted to welcome Randy to our team,” said Jon Kimball, area managing director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and former general manager of The Westin St. Francis. “Randy’s leadership of many illustrious hotels throughout the world, combined with the magnitude of his experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry, makes him the ideal choice to fill this pivotal role at the legendary Westin St. Francis.”

Most recently, Zupanski served two years as GM of The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, a luxury 512-room resort inclusive of 40 Suites and 330 Starwood Vacation Ownership Villas. Previously, he was the GM of the 420-room Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort in Sabah, Malaysia. Over the course of 14 years, Zupanski held positions at several Fairmont Hotels & Resorts including managing director of Raffles and Fairmont Makati in Manila, Philippines and GM of Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Fairmont Newport Beach and Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire.

Zupanski’s leadership history includes serving as the director of the board of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, past board director of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, and an honorary member of Les Clefs D’or.

Zupanski holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, where he was subsequently honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Business Leadership in 2010. Throughout his career, he has continued his education in the hospitality industry by enrolling in courses and programs at Cornell University, The Wine School in Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University.