Stuart Smith is a Partner in the Travel & Hospitality Practice. He is an expert advisor with more than 20 years of management, development and consulting experience with global hospitality brands. Stuart has worked extensively throughout the United States, Caribbean, Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa supporting clients in the hotel, restaurant, gaming and private equity sectors.
Prior to joining Ward Howell, Stuart was the CEO and Managing Director of Leadership Team Advisers, an international consultancy providing business development, human capital and service delivery strategy for the public/private hospitality, travel and tourism sectors. He also served as the CEO of AfrHIC Event Company (AfrHIC), a full-service event management company specializing in the engineering, marketing and production of conference and industry trade events, principally, the Hotel Investment Conference Africa.
Additional consulting and advisory career experience have included Managing Director roles with American Express Tax and Business Services, Hospitality Development Group and HVS. Earlier in his career, Stuart held executive management roles as hotel General Manager for Hilton, IHG and Starwood Hotels and as an entrepreneur, has developed several awarded restaurants.
Stuart is an alumnus of Cornell University and is currently serving as an advisor within the East African Community and the Southern African Development Community.