AKA appoints EVP asset, design and development

US: Hotel and extended-stay hospitality company AKA has appointed Scott Walsh as its executive vice president of asset, design and development.

Walsh will oversee the renovation and transformation plans for existing AKA properties, as well as sourcing new projects and managing ground-up developments involving construction, financing and lender relations.

He joins AKA with more than 20 years of experience having most recently held the position of project director at Lendlease, an international construction and real estate company. Here, he spent the past seven years overseeing a $1.8 billion portfolio of New York-based residential projects.

Other companies Walsh has previously worked with include Forest City Ratner Companies, TF Cornerstone/Rockrose Development Corporation and Anderson.

“Joining AKA is an exciting new chapter, allowing me to fuse my expertise in ultra-luxury condos and multifamily housing with a hospitality-focused vision at a private company,” said Walsh.

“With an unwavering commitment to exceptional design, crafting a sophisticated residential experience, and curating vibrant placemaking within iconic gateway cities, AKA resonates with my professional ethos. I’ve always admired Larry Korman’s approach to hospitality and design, and AKA’s core principles will foster the growth of my career in parallel with the company’s own journey.”

Larry Korman, CEO of AKA, added: “As AKA thoughtfully expands its portfolio across the country, Scott’s specialised expertise and achievements in real estate and construction align with the brand’s vision. Scott will be essential in further fostering our strategic development and growth, especially as we continue to evolve with new offerings.”

Walsh will be based in New York City, working alongside Korman and the greater leadership team.

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