Paul W. Whetsell brings more than 35 years experience in the hospitality industry to Loews Hotels & Resorts. After serving as President & CEO for three years, Whetsell now assumes the role of Vice Chairman for Loews Hotels & Resorts.
Previously, he was President & CEO of CapStar Hotel Company in Arlington, Virginia. He founded the original CapStar Hotel Company in 1987.
In July 2002, MeriStar Hotels and Resorts, Inc. merged with Interstate Hotels Corporation, creating Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Whetsell served as the Chairman & CEO of Interstate until October 2003, and served as the Chairman of the Board until March 2009. MeriStar Hospitality was sold to the Blackstone Group in one of the industry’s largest public to private transactions in May 2006.
He is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Industry Real Estate and Financing Advisory Council, and for several years, served as chairman of the AH&LA and Government Affairs Committee. Whetsell was also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and in the past served on NAREIT’s Board of Governors. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Travel Business Roundtable and serves on the board of directors of NVR, Inc., one of the nation’s largest home builders. He is active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is a member of its national Board of Trustees.
Whetsell graduated from Davidson College in 1972.