Robyn Arnell is Vice President, Finance & Accounting Services of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies. In this role she is responsible for overseeing Starwood’s corporate and hotel shared service finance operations, including accounting, consolidations and reporting, revenue and receivables, treasury operations, disbursements and payroll services. She also has responsibility
Robyn Arnell is Vice President, Finance & Accounting Services of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies. In this role she is responsible for overseeing Starwood’s corporate and hotel shared service finance operations, including accounting, consolidations and reporting, revenue and receivables, treasury operations, disbursements and payroll services. She also has responsibility for developing and implementing the global strategy for finance and accounting services, including shared services and finance innovation projects. Ms. Arnell joined Starwood in July 1998 and has served in several roles including Assistant Corporate Controller (1998-2005) and Chief Audit Executive (2005- 2012).
Prior to joining Starwood, Ms. Arnell worked for Promus Hotels (formerly Doubletree Hotels Corp.), an international hospitality company, leading financial reporting and accounting transition/integration activities. She began her career with Arthur Andersen LLP, a global independent public accounting firm, leading various audit and consulting projects.
Ms. Arnell is a Certified Public Accountant. She graduated from the University of Arizona, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Finance.
Ms. Arnell is based at Starwood’s corporate office in Scottsdale, Arizona. She also serves on the Finance & Audit Committee for Valley of the Sun United Way, is a member of Arizona Women’s Leadership Executive Board and is the former President and Treasurer of Pueblo Elementary School PTO. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Arizona, kayaking in the Pacific Northwest and traveling to new places with her husband and 2 children, ages 8 and 11.
VP, Finance & Accounting Services @ Responsible for developing and executing on a strategic roadmap for finance and accounting services, with a focus on customer service and innovation. Daily responsibilities include oversight of the Finance & Accounting services team which delivers accounting and finance services to our corporate, division and hotel customers. From August 2012 to Present (3 years 5 months) VP & Chief Audit Executive @ Lead a 35-person team responsible for global internal audit, SOX compliance and other compliance initiatives. Worked closely with finance, legal , IT and human resources teams on various intiaitives including the whistleblower hotline response program, anti-corruption program, PCI compliance and investigation protocols. Implemented risk based approach for internal audit activities to maximize coverage and drive compliance. Developed efficient SOX Project Management Model in partnership with external auditors and business teams. From February 2005 to August 2012 (7 years 7 months) VP & Assistant Corporate Controller @ Initially responsible for the successful integration of Starwood, ITT Sheraton and Westin accounting and finance functions, with increasing responsibility over all corporate accounting functions (financial reporting, accounting, consolidations, accounts payable,capital, payroll and billing and collections). Worked closely with Division Controllers, Financial Planning, IT, Tax and key Business teams to develop and implement finance policies and procedures, establish management reporting routines, and create a culture of excellence. From July 1998 to February 2005 (6 years 8 months) Phoenix, Arizona AreaDirector, Financial Reporting @ From 1997 to 1998 (1 year) Audit Manager @ From 1990 to 1997 (7 years)
Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Accounting and Finance @ University of Arizona From 1986 to 1990 Robyn Brenden is skilled in: Accounting, Internal Controls, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Financial Reporting, Auditing, SEC filings, Internal Audit, Forecasting, Financial Analysis, GAAP, Sarbanes-Oxley, Budgets, Due Diligence, Managerial Finance, Financial Accounting, Variance Analysis
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