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Newsmakers Newsmakers Kinsell president of IHG Americas for North Carolina. From 1988 to 1995 he served as senior vice president of franchise for Holiday Inn Worldwide, a predecessor of InterContinental Hotels Group. In that capacity he led the launch of Holiday Inn Express. Kirk Kinsell, MPS '80 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in June promoted Kirk Kinsell, MPS '80 to the position of president for the Americas. Kinsell has been a member of IHG's senior leadership team since 2002 and was named to the IHG Board and Executive Committee in 2010. Prior to this appointment, he had served since 2007 as president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, a role in which he had responsibility for 700 hotels consisting of over 121,000 rooms and operating under six IHG brands as franchised, managed, and owned proper- ties. Previous to that appointment he was senior vice president and chief development officer for IHG in the Americas, responsible for unit growth across all brands and franchise, man- agement contracts, and real estate development activities sponsored on behalf of the company. In 2003, Kinsell co-led the launch of Hotel Indigo. In 1995 and 1996, Kinsell served as president of the franchise division at ITT Sheraton, where he led the creation of the Four Points Hotels concept. In 1997, he became president and COO of Avado Brands, which during his tenure operated more than 220 high-growth branded restaurants. More recently, he served as president and CEO of Micell Technologies, which under his leader- ship was recognized as the 2001 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year 4 School of Hotel Administration Kinsell was just honored this Novem- ber as the Cornell MMH Outstanding Alumnus of the Year at the tenth annual Cornell MMH Reception at the InterContinental, New York Times Square. Arabia is Sunstone's CFO, EVP John Arabia '91 John Arabia '91 became Sun- stone Hotel Investors' chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate strat- egy in April. Prior to this appointment, he served as man- aging director of Green Street Advisors' real estate research team. Arabia joined Green Street in 1997 and was instru- mental in creating the firm's lodging research platform. As a result of his efforts, Green Street Advisors was awarded the title of "Best Independent Research Firm" by Institutional Investor for the lodging and gaming sector in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2007, he was named one of Institutional Investor's "20 Rising Stars." In 2008, Arabia won the Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" award in the hotel and gaming category. Prior to joining Green Street, Arabia was a consulting manager at EY Kenneth Leventhal and was largely responsible for the firm's West Coast lodging consulting practice, which specialized in hotel market studies, Chris Hunsberger '81 valuation, and acquisition due diligence. He started his hotel career in 1987, working various entry-level operating positions at the Anaheim Marriott. Hunsberger promoted to EVP Chris Hunsberger '81 has been appointed to a newly created position at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, executive vice president for product and innovation. Hunsberger began his career with Four Seasons in 1981 at the Pierre, which was then a Four Seasons hotel. In January 2008, he was promoted to senior vice pres- ident for operations in the Americas. He continues to be based out of Washington, D.C. Brodsky new Sheraton global VP Noah Brodsky '02 Noah Brodsky '02 was promoted in July to vice president of glo- bal brand man- agement for Starwood's most global brand, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. Brodsky has been with Starwood for four years and rejoins the Sheraton brand after three years in Starwood's strategic initiatives group, where he spearheaded several food and beverage initiatives as an active member of the company's food and beverage global council. Prior to this,

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