White Plains-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. alleges in a federal lawsuit that a pair of its former executives “stole massive amounts” of confidential information and took it with them to their new jobs at Hilton Hotels Corp.
The lawsuit, which also names Hilton as a defendant, says Ross Klein, global head of Hilton luxury and lifestyle brands, and Amar Lalvani, global head of Hilton luxury and lifestyle brand development, took information that Hilton used to speed its entry into the lifestyle hotel market and reposition its luxury brands while saving money.
Klein is the former president for Starwood’s luxury brands, and Lalvani the former senior vice president for Starwood luxury brands group. The two were recruited by Hilton in June 2008, Starwood said.
Starwood said the two were “aided and abetted by Hilton,” in stealing the information.
The lawsuit alleges that Klein and Lalvani — sometimes helped by other Starwood employees they recruited to Hilton — stole more than 100,000 electronic files before and after they joined Hilton, a violation of their contracts.