Concurrent with the release of its first-quarter results,
Marriott International announced future leadership changes, including plans for
executive and board chairman Bill Marriott to transition to chairman
emeritus in 2022.
He is expected to be succeeded by his son, David Marriott,
who currently serves as president of U.S. full-service properties managed by
David Marriott will join the company’s board of directors
next year and will eventually relinquish his executive role and assume the
position of chairman of the board.
Bill Marriott, 88, was Marriott International’s CEO from 1972 to 2012.
Dave Grissen, Marriott’s group president for the Americas,
will step down from his role at the end of this year and will retire in early
2021 after 36 years with the company. Grissen, who has helmed the Americas unit
for the past 11 years, oversees more than 5,640 properties across Marriott’s
Following Grissen’s departure, Marriott will consolidate its
lodging operations under two newly formed units. Marriott group president for
Europe, Middle East & Africa Liam Brown will oversee all North America
operations as group president for North America, while group president for Asia
Pacific Craig S. Smith will be named international group president, overseeing
all non-North America business.
“The changes we are making will help define a new era for
our organization — one that will accelerate our global aspirations,” said
Sorenson in a statement.
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