Simon Turner
Simon M. Turner
Senior Advisor of International Business
Huazhu Group
Bio

Mr. Turner formed Alpha Lodging Partners in 2017 to make selective investments and to provide strategic, asset management and transactional advisory services to hospitality sector companies, boards and investors. He previously served as President, Global Development of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide from May 2008 to October 2016, where he was responsible for global development activities for the portfolio of ten brands, including hotel and resort development, property acquisitions and dispositions, franchise and management pipeline expansion, and real estate investment/asset management. Prior to Starwood, he served as a Principal of Hotel Capital Advisers, Inc., a hotel investment advisory firm overseeing both hotel brand investments (Four Seasons and Fairmont) and numerous property investments in North America and Europe, from June 1996 to April 2008. In that position, he led a number of high-profile hotel projects, including the acquisition, financing, and redevelopment of the Hotel George V in Paris and the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a director of Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers Inc., based in both New York and London, where he was responsible for the structuring and execution of a broad range of hotel sector public and private financings/transactions and advisory assignments. Prior to this, he held management and operating positions at various other international hospitality firms.

He currently serves as a board member of Carey Watermark Investors 1, a non-traded REIT and is a member of the Special Committee involved in considering strategic alternatives, as well as the Audit Committee.  He also serves on the Supervisory Board of Steigenberger AG, a European hotel company wholly owned by Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ).  His prior board service has included serving as a director of ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE), a membership-based leisure company, including service on its Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees, from May 2017 until its acquisition in September 2017.  Previously, he was a member of the board of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International and was chair of that company’s Audit Committee and also as a director of Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. (NYSE/TSE) where he served as a member of both the Audit and Compensation Committees.

He is currently an adjunct lecturer at NYU’s Hospitality and Tourism program and has also lectured frequently at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, as well as the university’s executive education program, and at Columbia University’s real estate graduate program. He was previously a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. He holds a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.