Arash Azarbarzin has been appointed Managing Director of Highgate Hotels, LP

Highgate, a leading real estate investment and hotel management firm, today announced the appointment of industry pioneer Arash Azarbarzin as CEO. Crucial hire signifies Highgate’s increased focus on building a world-class team and expanding its luxury and lifestyle capabilities.

As CEO, Arash will collaborate with the co-founders and directors of Highgate to build on the highly entrepreneurial culture of the company with a focus on cultivating and retaining top talent while simultaneously developing relations with esteemed industrial partners. This includes an increased focus on Highgate’s environmental, social and corporate governance strategy based on Arash’s expertise in sustainable and modern luxury. In this new role, Arash will also lead the development of the specialized Food & Beverage and Marketing divisions.

In a year of transformation in which Highgate has grown its portfolio to more than 25,000 rooms in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America, coupled with a strong pipeline of key openings and acquisitions, Arash is poised to take the company to new heights with global expansion.

Arash brings to Highgate over 30 years of hotel leadership experience with world-class luxury brands including Four Seasons, St. Regis Hotels, SLS Hotels and W Hotels. More recently, as CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts, his strategic vision and operational excellence have fueled the growth and performance of the SH portfolio, made up of the 1 Hotels, Baccarat Hotels and Treehouse Hotels brands. Arash has built a reputation as a champion of sustainability and a visionary in the luxury lifestyle industry.

Arash holds a Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the United States International University and is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. In 2020, he joined the board of directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the AMAALA Development Advisory Council.


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