Marriott Chief Executive Arne Sorenson, who developed the organization into the world’s biggest inn network and guided it through a worldwide pandemic that has been calamitous for the travel industry, has died. He was 62.
Sorenson decreased his timetable at Marriott this month to seek after more forceful malignancy treatment. He was first determined to have pancreatic malignant growth in 2019; a new normal sweep had affirmed disease had restored, the organization said.
J.W. Marriott Jr., the company’s executive chairman, said Sorenson loved every aspect of the hotel business and relished travelling and meeting employees around the world. Marriott has 30 hotel brands, including Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton and Westin, and more than 7,000 properties worldwide.
“Arne was an exceptional executive – but more than that – he was an exceptional human being,” said Marriott said in a readied explanation Tuesday.
Sorenson was the primary Marriott CEO whose name was not Marriott, and simply the third to lead the organization in its 93-year history.
Sorenson joined the Bethesda, Maryland, organization in 1996, abandoning an association in a Washington law office where he spent significant time in consolidations and acquisitions. He rose to president and head working official before he was named CEO in 2012.
In the wake of turning into Marriott’s top leader, he directed the $13 billion securing of Starwood Hotels in 2016. He pushed the global chain to turn out to be more supportable while likewise attempting to battle illegal exploitation. He supported for gay rights and restricted President Donald Trump’s 2017 prohibition on movement from greater part Muslim nations
Indeed, even at the profundities of the Covid pandemic, when Marriott’s income plunged in excess of 70%, Sorenson stayed hopeful.
“The fact of the matter is, people, love to travel. They love to travel for themselves personally and they love to travel for work,” Sorenson said din November. “It’s often the most interesting and it’s the place they’re going to learn the most.”
Recognitions poured in Tuesday from business and metro pioneers, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin. CNBC have Jim Cramer said in a Twitter post that Sorenson accepted business was the best hotspot for social change.
“He was a wonderful leader who led with empathy, integrity and authenticity,” General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra tweeted.
Airbnb organizer and CEO Brian Chesky, who may have been viewed as an opponent in the serious neighborliness industry, said Sorenson had consistently been useful to him. Sorenson and Chesky invested energy facilitating every others’ initiative groups, Chesky said, and the two CEOs upheld each other during the pandemic.
“He will be missed,” Chesky tweeted.
Sorenson served on Microsoft’s directorate just as the top managerial staff for the Special Olympics.
At the point when Sorenson moved away from full-time obligations this month, Marriott went to two veteran chiefs, Stephanie Linnartz and Tony Capuano, to manage everyday tasks. They will proceed in those jobs until Marriott’s board names another CEO, which is required to occur inside about fourteen days, the organization said.