Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> July 9, 2001

Roger Sonnabend – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (snsta)

ROGER P. SONNABEND is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Mr. Sonnabend has made the hotel business his life's work. After earning his undergraduate degree from MIT in 1946, he joined the family hotel business, established by his father, A. M. ('Sonny') Sonnabend. At the age of 21, he became the General Manager of the Nautilus Hotel & Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, Long Island. He earned his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School in 1949, then served as Manager of several Sonnabend-owned hotels, including the Whitehall Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida; the Somerset Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts; and the Samoset Resort, Rockland, Maine. In the early 1950s he created, with his father, Sonnabend Operated Hotels, which became the Hotel Corporation of America in 1956. Outside his involvement with Sonesta, Mr. Sonnabend has demonstrated a strong commitment to the betterment of the community. He has been active with Boston-area arts organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts; educational institutions such as Harvard University and MIT; and government service, including the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Job Corps, and the Presidential Task Force on Urban Unemployment Opportunities. Mr. Sonnabend is married with four children. Profile
TWST: Can we start out with a history and a quick overview of Sonesta

International Hotels Corporation?

Mr. Sonnabend: Our interest in hotels dates back to the late 1930s, when

my father began