Robert Arigo promoted to LuxUrban Hotels CEO

LuxUrban Hotels Inc. has appointed Robert Arigo as its CEO. The hotel industry veteran joined the company in March as COO.

“In his short time here, Rob has distinguished himself as a thoughtful, skilled and experienced leader with a focus on improving experiences for owners and guests as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance performance,” said Elan Blutinger, chairman of the LuxUrban board of directors. “Rob has held leadership positions at some of the most well-known and well-respected hospitality brands in the industry and his appointment is consistent with the board’s commitment to add and strengthen industry representation and experience in key leadership roles. He has a track record of success in operations and asset management for large-scale turnaround initiatives, and possesses management experience at the franchise, independent and third-party levels. We are confident that Rob is the right person to assume the role of CEO at this critical time in the company’s evolution.”

Arigo said, “I am excited and honored to become CEO at this pivotal time of opportunity for LuxUrban. Although we have much work to do, I remain convinced that we operate a unique business model that holds great promise. I look forward to collaborating with our team and lending my experience in pursuit of creating a foundation that can deliver on LuxUrban’s full potential.”

Arigo succeeds Shanoop Kothari as CEO, and his responsibilities as COO will be absorbed throughout the organization. The company will assess filling the role at a later time.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Shanoop for his dedication and commitment to LuxUrban at the early stages of our existence as a public company,” said Blutinger. “We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Arigo joined LuxUrban from M&R Hotel Management, where he served as VP beginning in 2018. Prior to this role, he was senior director of operations at Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM) and COO of Widewaters Hotels. His executive experience also includes Highgate Hotels, Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa, Crestline Hotels, Interstate Hotels Corporation and Marriott.