David Bowd, Principal, West Elm Hotels

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David is a principal of DDK the Management company in partnership with West Elm to create West Elm Hotels, launching in 2018.  Starting as a Bellman, David has worked up the ranks for Hilton & Mariott before taking his first GM position in 2001 for Thistle Hotels. David then joined Ian Schrager as GM for St Martins Lane Hotel and soon after was promoted to Regional VP overseeing both London Hotels. David then became SVP, Operations for Morgans overseeing the operations for 11 properties. In 2009 David re-joined Ian Schrager as MD where he assisted in the creation of the new brand PUBLIC. David joined Andre Balazs in 2011 as COO for both the Luxury Collection and the Standard Brand under founder Andre Balazs. In 2013 David founded Salt Hotels with partner Kevin O’Shea which owns and operates 4 hotels in NY, NJ & Cape Cod with 3 under development.

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Ariela Kiradjian