He also will support the growth of ESPA International Ltd., a United Kingdom-based company affiliated with KSL Capital Partners that focuses on upscale spas and skin-care products, working in collaboration with Michael Harmsworth, ESPA CEO, and Susan Harmsworth, founder.
Steve Rudnitsky will marshal the resources needed to capitalize and grow the portfolios of both Miraval and ESPA,” said Michael Shannon, Miraval Group chairman of the board and a founder of KSL Capital Partners. “He initially will concentrate on developing Miraval resorts and spas as well as ESPA spas and product sales throughout the United States.”
During his 35-year career, Rudnitsky held leadership positions with Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Worldwide and the former Cendant Corporation as well as iconic consumer packaged-goods companies including Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Pillsbury, Kraft Foods and Nabisco.
“Steve built a reputation for generating strong top- and bottom-line growth, turning around distressed businesses and expanding into global markets,” Shannon said. “During his six years as president and chief executive officer of Dolce, he built the company into a premier branded lifestyle and meetings-focused manager of hotels, resorts and corporate conference centers in the United States, Canada and Europe.”
Rudnitsky, who repositioned Dolce, launched wellness and nutrition initiatives and served on its board of directors, led the company’s sale to Wyndham Worldwide in late 2014 and early 2015.
Prior to Dolce, he was president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, which he transformed from a largely domestic franchisor of economy brands into one of the world’s largest integrated lodging franchise and management companies.
Rudnitsky received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University and a master of business administration degree in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received the Stephen W. Brener Silver Plate Award at the 29th Annual New York University Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in 2007. He serves on the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Board of Trustees in New Jersey.