Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. appoints Martha Poulter, former CIO of GE Capital, as the company’s new executive vice president and CIO, effective June 23. Poulter will be a member of Starwood’s senior leadership team and report to President and CEO Frits van Paasschen. She succeeds Roger Berry, who is set to retire in the end of June and will stay on as a consultant to Starwood through year-end to ensure a smooth transition.
A 25-year technology veteran, Poulter most recently served as vice president and CIO, GE Capital, with global responsibility for IT strategy and operations leading a 4,000-person global organization. Since joining General Electric in 1995, Poulter held a series of senior information technology leadership positions such as eBusiness vice president, quality leader, and regional Americas CIO for GE Capital, where she was responsible for many operational excellence improvements and the completion of key digitization projects, including the Company’s first customer mobile apps for commercial businesses.
Poulter is a Board Member of the Hispanic Federation and the Norwalk Community College Foundation. She graduated with a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut and completed her M.B.A. at the University of New Haven.