(16 Feb 2021)
Arne M. Sorenson,
Marriott’s President and CEO, has passed away.

Mr. Sorenson (62) became the third CEO in Marriott’s
history in 2012, and the first without the Marriott surname.

A
visionary leader, he put the company on a strong growth
trajectory that included the $13-billion acquisition of Starwood
Hotels & Resorts.

Earlier this month, Mr. Sorenson decided to
reduce his work
schedule to facilitate more demanding treatment for pancreatic
cancer. He died on Monday, 15 February 2021.

Arne M. Sorenson became the third CEO in Marriott’s history in 2012, and the first without the Marriott surname. A visionary leader, Sorenson put the company on a strong growth trajectory that included the $13-billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Click to enlarge.

“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 Marriott’s hundreds of thousands of associates around
the world, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Arne’s 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 company’s business units and corporate
functions, in addition to maintaining their current
responsibilities.

Ms. Linnartz and Mr. Capuano will continue in
that capacity until the Marriott Board appoints a new CEO, which
is expected to be within the next two weeks.

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