NEW YORK, April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- sbe, a leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning global hospitality brands, announced today the appointment of two industry veterans Robert Mellwig as Chief Culture Officer and Stephanie J Rubin as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance. Both executives will be based out of the sbe New York global headquarters. Mellwig will oversee the company culture and human resources functions while Rubin will oversee sbe's accounting, treasury, and financial planning & analysis functions. Mellwig and Rubin will play a pivotal role in the ongoing integration process with Accor. Attracting these talented team members onboard reinforces sbe's position as one of the most relevant players in the hospitality market today.
Sam Nazarian, Founder & CEO of sbe states: "I am very proud to welcome Stephanie and Robert to the team. The addition of these two amazing and seasoned professionals showcases my commitment to growth and plans to continue adding value to our platforms. This is a vital strategy we're focusing on for our current and future partners and hotel owners. They will work closely alongside our executive team in New York, adding to our dynamic corporate culture and helping to drive sbe's exciting global expansion."
Robert Mellwig, Chief Culture Officer of sbe states: "Having the opportunity to play a role in telling sbe's story globally, building and inspiring teams and cultivating unique lifestyle experiences for our guests is a dream. It will be a privilege and honor to build on the legacy and help shape our future."
Stephanie Rubin, SVP of Corporate Finance of sbe states: "With the recent Accor partnership, sbe is at an inflection point that promises to bring unparalleled strategic and financial growth. I am thrilled to be joining the company and contribute to this next exciting chapter in sbe's incredible evolution."
Mellwig most recently served as Senior Vice President, of Really Cool People (HR) over the past 15 years with Two Roads Hospitality (formerly Destination Hotels and Resorts) and their parent real estate company, Lowe. Mellwig has an extensive background in HR in the hotel industry inclusive of progressive roles in the field and home office with W Hotels, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hilton and 90+ hotels globally. Mellwig is poised to drive a positive and thriving company culture at sbe that will catapult the team to unprecedented collaboration and success.
Rubin, CPA, joins sbe from Re:Sources, a Publicis Groupe company where she was the Chief Accounting Officer for the last five years in her 17-year term. She has held various roles in media and digital transformation, as well as contributed at the establishment of shared services centers in offshore countries. Rubin's 20 years of experience encompasses roles with TBWA Worldwide, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and Publicis Groupe, and her talent will further the financial growth of sbe.
This important announcement follows sbe's announcement of the debut of the first SLS Hotel & Residences in Dubai and the upcoming opening of Temple Detroit in 2020 as a part of sbe's exciting new collection of iconic properties, The House of Originals, in addition to the news of two new Umami Burger location openings in Japan. sbe is continuing their massive global expansion and these two new hires will be key in its growth and success.
Established in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation. Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, in partnership with Accor, sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio which will see 29 hotels and over 180 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2019. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience - from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development - all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality. The company's established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, The Redbury, HYDE Hotel & Residences, and The House of Originals. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges under subsidiary Disruptive Restaurant Group: Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi, Umami Burger, Cleo, Fi'lia, Carna by Dario Cecchini, Leynia and Diez y Seis by Chef José Icardi, HYDE Lounge, S Bar, Doheny Room, Nightingale, Skybar, Bond, and Privilege. To learn more, visit sbe.com.
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