Luxury Hospitality Daily News
Luxury Hospitality Daily News

< Previous news Next news >

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES THE UNEXPECTED PASSING OF ARNE M. SORENSON, PRESIDENT AND CEO (United States)

It is with profound sadness that Marriott International announces that Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, unexpectedly passed away on February 15, 2021.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES THE UNEXPECTED PASSING OF ARNE M. SORENSON, PRESIDENT AND CEO (United States)

It is with profound sadness that Marriott International announces that Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, unexpectedly passed away on February 15, 2021.

Category: North America & West Indies / Carribean islands - United States - Events - Communication/Marketing
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2021-02-17


In May 2019, the company announced that Mr. Sorenson had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On February 2, 2021, Marriott shared the news that Mr. Sorenson would temporarily reduce his schedule to facilitate more demanding treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Sorenson became the third CEO in Marriotts history in 2012, and the first without the Marriott surname. A visionary leader, Mr. Sorenson put the company on a strong growth trajectory that included the $13-billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Sorenson was tireless in driving the companys progress, creating opportunities for associates, growth for owners and franchisees and results for the companys shareholders. Known for his leadership on difficult national and global issues, Mr. Sorenson steered Marriott to make significant progress on diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability and human trafficking awareness.

Arne was an exceptional executive but more than that he was an exceptional human being, said J.W. Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Arne loved every aspect of this business and relished time spent touring our hotels and meeting associates around the world. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where the hospitality industry was headed and position Marriott for growth. But the roles he relished the most were as husband, father, brother and friend. On behalf of the Board and Marriotts hundreds of thousands of associates around the world, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Arnes wife and four children. We share your heartbreak, and we will miss Arne deeply.

When Mr. Sorenson stepped back from full-time management in early February, the company tapped two veteran Marriott executives, Stephanie Linnartz, Group President, Consumer Operations, Technology and Emerging Businesses, and Tony Capuano, Group President, Global Development, Design and Operations Services, to share responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the companys business units and corporate functions, in addition to maintaining their current responsibilities. Ms. Linnartz and Mr. Capuano will continue in this capacity until the Marriott Board appoints a new CEO, which is expected to be within the next two weeks.


About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,500 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy, its highly-awarded travel program.

Comment from Journal des Palaces: We lost a great human being, a visionary, a unique leader, a defender of our dear industry, a remarkable hotelier, and a fighter. We offer our sincere condolences to his loved ones and the entire Marriott family.

Arne greeting associates at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Photo credit Marriott International



More about...




You will also like to read...







< Previous news Next news >



Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Instragram Follow us on Youtube Rss news feed



Questions

Hello and welcome to Journal des Palaces

You are a communication or the PR manager?
Click here

You are an applicant?
Check out our questions and answers here!

You are a recruiter?
Check out our questions and answers here!