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Westin's Riva Heading for Kuala Lumpur

Alex Riva Changes Hemispheres to Accept Starwood Promotion to Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur.

(2/28/2006) The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali will be bidding a fond farewell to its Executive Assistant Manager and Director of the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Alex Riva, who will be accepting a new position in the Starwood Group, effective January 17, 2006.



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Concluding an assignment of just under 4 years in Bali, Alex's new assignment will be as Deputy Assistant Manager at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. During his Bali posting, Alex Riva assisted the General Manager in overseeing the resort's 355 rooms, 5 restaurants, 3 bars, and the largest convention centre in Bali capable of catering up to 2,500 people. Riva also [played an instrumental role in overseeing the re-branding of the Resort from Sheraton to Westin.

A Veteran Hotelier

Asked about how many years he has been in the hotel industry, the Swiss-Italian hotelier replied, "I've been in the business for 37 years or since the time I started to walk around the family hotel."

A graduate of The Lausanne Hotel School, Riva has gained extensive experience including assignments in Phuket, Bangkok and Bali. During his 12 years with Starwood, he has worked for Sheraton, Luxury Collection and Westin.

With the recent acquisition of the Le Meridien brand by Starwood, Riva is one of the first Starwood executives to make the transition to the latest addition to the Group's portfolio of international hotels.