Former general counsel is new Four Seasons CEO

Current CEO, Isadore Sharp, will continue on with the company

By Todd Harrison

On Friday September 10th, 2010


photo by redtypeThis summer, the former head counsel of Four Seasons Hotels took over from iconic company founder Isadore Sharp as CEO.

An article in today’s Globe by Steve Ladurantaye charts the rise through the company of 53-year-old Katie Taylor, who graduated from Osgoode in 1984 and worked at Goodmans before joining Four Seasons in 1989. She was made VP, general counsel three years later, and rose to become president and COO of the company by 2007. Ladurantaye writes:

In Ms. Taylor, Four Seasons has a seasoned business executive who built her reputation in law before moving to the operational side of business. She didn’t know anything about the hospitality industry, but was a quick study. She was soon named head counsel, and her intellect shone through at management committee meetings.

But Sharpe is by no means finished with the company; Ladurantaye reports that the founder will continue to oversee design and development of new properties, among other duties. He also remains the chairman of the board.

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