Leal takes over at Sternlicht’s SH Hotels

Private equity giant Starwood Capital Group has appointed veteran hotelier Raul Leal as chief executive officer of SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary that oversees brands such as 1 Hotels, Treehouse Hotels and Baccarat. Leal, most recently president and CEO of Virgin Hotels, will begin his new role on August 19, succeeding Arash Azarbarzin, who will be leaving SH Hotels & Resorts "to pursue a new opportunity." SH Brands expects to establish its headquarters office in Miami, while maintaining New York and Los Angeles satellite venues. Leal told HOTELS on Monday, "I am honored to be working with Barry Sternlicht (chairman of SH Hotels & Resorts), one of…
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