Peter Cole joined Design Hotels™ as CEO in December 2018 with a commitment to future growth and the creation of long-term value for hoteliers and stakeholders, drawing upon his illustrious career with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC.
In his previous role as Managing Director of Business Integration at Marriott International, Peter led the company’s integration of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing a wide array of activities including hotel operations, organizational design, talent management, loyalty programs, system integration, financial management, and unit growth. Peter was also Chief Financial Officer for the Americas for Marriott, as well as global CFO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC; both positions that attest to his erudition when it comes to steering the financial rudder of a large multinational.
The ardent runner and swimmer holds a BBA in Real Estate Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Maryland. In addition to his principle task, Peter carries out duties that matter to his heart and mind. He sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the National Board of Directors for Back on My Feet, an organization dedicated to helping change the lives of those experiencing homelessness.
Peter brings a profound understanding of the industry from a unique perspective that will be valuable in Design Hotels’™ future endeavors in a rapidly changing hospitality landscape.