J.W. Marriott, Jr. is Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, Inc., one of the world's largest lodging companies. He was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for 40 years, before stepping down on March 31, 2012. His leadership spans nearly 60 years, and he has taken Marriott from a family restaurant business to a global lodging company with more than 4,000 properties in 78 countries and territories.
Known throughout the industry for his hands-on management style, Mr. Marriott has built a highly regarded culture that emphasizes the importance of Marriott’s people and recognizes the value they bring to the organization. Today, there are approximately 330,000 employees at the company’s headquarters and other offices, and at managed and franchised property locations.
Marriott International is also well known as a great place to work and for its commitment to diversity, social responsibility and community engagement. It has consistently been named to Fortune’s lists of most admired companies, best places to work and top companies for minorities.
At an early age, Mr. Marriott developed a passion for the business and worked in a variety of positions in the Hot Shoppes restaurant chain during his high school and college years. He joined the company full time in 1956 and soon afterward, took over management of Marriott’s first hotel. Mr. Marriott became executive vice president of the company, then its president, in 1964. He was elected chief executive officer in 1972 and chairman of the board in 1985.
Regarded as a lodging innovator, Mr. Marriott began shifting the company’s business model in the late 1970s from hotel ownership to property management and franchising. His strategic decision allowed the company to accelerate its growth and broaden its leadership position. That transformation culminated in the company’s split in 1993 into Marriott International, a hotel management and franchising company, headed by Mr. Marriott, and Host Marriott International, a hotel ownership company chaired by his brother, Richard Marriott.
Mr. Marriott has also worked to compile the greatest portfolio of lodging brands, ranging from limited service to luxury hotels and resorts. The company operates and franchises hotels under 17 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, and Marriott Executive Apartments, and licenses vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club brand.
Mr. Marriott serves on the board of The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council. Mr. Marriott has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, as director of the United States Naval Academy Foundation, chairman of the President’s Export Council (PEC) and a member of the Secure Borders Open Doors Advisory Committee (SBODAC) and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). He also recently served as chairman of the Mayo Clinic Capital Campaign, and has served on the board of General Motors.
Mr. Marriott attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., earned a B.S. degree in banking and finance from the University of Utah and served as an officer in the United States Navy. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. He is married to the former Donna Garff. They are the parents of four children, and they have 15 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Arne M. Sorenson †
President and Chief Executive Officer
Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., a leading lodging global company with more than 4,100 lodging properties in more than 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of more than $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.
Marriott International operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Protea, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, Moxy, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club.
Previously, Mr. Sorenson was Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President of Continental European Lodging, with responsibility for lodging operations and development in the continental European region, as well as the company’s overall financial functions.
Prior to joining Marriott in 1996, Mr. Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation.
Mr. Sorenson was elected to Marriott International’s Board of Directors in 2011. He is also on U.S. President Barak Obama’s Export Council, the Board of Directors for Brand USA and the Luther College Board of Regents.
Mr. Sorenson co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007. In 2008, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. He is also chairman of Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and on the Marriott Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence, a board subcommittee focused on diversity. Together, the Council and Committee monitor and evaluate our company’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world. He also writes a blog as an Influencer on LinkedIn and has more than 180,000 followers.
Mr. Sorenson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Carl T. Berquist †
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Carl Berquist is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Marriott International, Inc., with responsibility for global finance, including financial reporting, project finance, global treasury, corporate tax, internal audit, and investor relations. His previous role was Executive Vice President of Financial Information and Enterprise Risk Management.
Prior to joining Marriott in December 2002, Mr. Berquist was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP. During his 28-year career with Arthur Andersen, Mr. Berquist held numerous leadership positions covering the management of the business as well as market facing operational roles, including managing partner of the worldwide real estate and hospitality practice.
Mr. Berquist holds a B.S. in accounting from Penn State University and is a member of Penn State's Smeal Business School's Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.
Anthony G. Capuano †
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer
Anthony Capuano is Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Development Officer. He is responsible for the global development of all Marriott lodging brands and supervises offices in Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Cape Town, Delhi, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Shanghai, Tokyo, Zagreb, Zurich and multiple offices across North America.
Mr. Capuano began his Marriott International career in 1995 as part of the Market Planning and Feasibility team. Between 1997 and 2005, he led Marriott’s full service development efforts in the Western U.S. and Canada. In early 2008, his responsibilities expanded to include North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. In 2009, he assumed global Development responsibility for the Company.
Mr. Capuano began his professional career in Laventhol and Horwath’s Boston-based Leisure Time Advisory Group. He then joined Kenneth Leventhal and Company’s hospitality consulting group in Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Capuano earned his bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He is an active member of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen and a member of The Cornell School of Hotel Administration Dean’s Advisory Board. Mr. Capuano is also a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s IREFAC Council. In addition, Mr. Capuano is an active member of The Urban Land Institute and Marriott’s Committee for Excellence, Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and Green Council.
Simon F. Cooper †
President and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Simon F. Cooper is president & managing director for Asia Pacific for Marriott International. Mr. Cooper will be responsible for leading the operating performance and growth of the region which includes more than 130 properties and 70 hotels under development represented by The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments brands.
Prior to this position, Mr. Cooper was president for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Under his leadership, the company earned the highest accolades. The Luxury Institute has named it the “Most Prestigious Luxury Brand” in their survey since 2005. In 2007, 2008 and 2010, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won #1 ranking in the J. D Power and Associates North America Hotel Guests Satisfaction Index Survey. In 2009 People Metrics named Ritz-Carlton the #1 global luxury brand in terms of engaging its guests. In 2009 Ritz-Carlton won the World Saver Award from CondeNast for their Community Footprints program.
Mr. Cooper was originally with Marriott International where he served for three years as president of Marriott Lodging Canada and senior vice president of Marriott Lodging International responsible for Canada and New England.
In 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of First Horizon National Corporation. In 2004, he was appointed to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Canada Institute Advisory Board. In 1999, Mr. Cooper was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the University of Guelph for a three-year term (No. 1 Comprehensive University in Canada, Macleans 99/02.) He still serves on the Board of the School of Management and Economics. In 2010 he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the university. The degree was awarded to Mr. Cooper in recognition of his “leadership and contributions to society and to the university.”
Born and educated in England, Mr. Cooper earned an MBA from the University of Toronto.
Bancroft S. Gordon
Vice President, Senior Counsel and Corporate Secretary
David J. Grissen †
David J. Grissen is Group President for Marriott International, Inc. Mr. Grissen’s specific responsibilities include the financial management and leadership of all of the Americas’ Lodging operations comprising more than 3,300 hotels and a work force of 100,000 associates. This includes responsibilities for sales and marketing, revenue management, human resources, engineering, rooms operations, food and beverage, retail, spa, information resources and development.
In addition, Mr. Grissen is responsible for The Ritz-Carlton and Global Operations Services organizations.
Prior to his current position, he served as Group President, The Americas; President, The Americas; Executive Vice President of the Eastern Region; Senior Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development.
Mr. Grissen is chair of the Americas’ Hotel Development Committee and a member of the Lodging Strategy Group and Corporate Growth Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Regis Corporation, an organization that operates and franchises over 9,000 hair and retail product salons. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Back on My Feet, an organization that helps individuals experiencing homelessness.
Mr. Grissen holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Carolyn B. Handlon
Executive Vice President-Finance and Global Treasurer
Carolyn Handlon is executive vice president and global treasurer for Marriott International, Inc. Ms. Handlon is responsible for corporate financings and financial analysis, the mortgage banking business, securitization programs, cash management, and foreign exchange activities. Ms. Handlon's leadership in arranging third-party real estate financing for owners of Marriott hotels has contributed to the five-fold increase in hotel rooms during her tenure with the company. She has developed global debt and currency programs in support of the company's operations in over 65 countries and territories, such as mergers and acquisitions with spin-offs.
Ms. Handlon joined Marriott in 1987 as a corporate finance manager. Since then, she has held the positions of vice president of corporate finance and assistant treasurer, senior vice president finance and treasurer, and was subsequently promoted to her current position of executive vice president and global treasurer. Prior to joining Marriott, Ms. Handlon held various management positions at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and at the Continental Illinois Bank.
Ms. Handlon earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Virginia Tech University and a master's degree from Indiana University.
Deborah Marriott Harrison
Global Officer Marriott Culture and Business Councils
Deborah Marriott Harrison, an honors graduate of Brigham Young University, has held several positions within Marriott since 1975, including accounting positions at Marriott Headquarters and operations positions at Key Bridge and Dallas Marriott hotels. She has been actively involved in serving the community through participation on various committees and boards, including but not limited to the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council for the District of Columbia and the boards of the Bullis School, the D.C. College Access Program, and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Her extensive knowledge of the Company, its history and its mission, and her strong ties with the community bring valuable experience and insight to Marriott's Government Affairs initiatives. She has also served on the boards of several mental health organizations, including The National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Board, Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, and the Center for The Advancement of Children's Mental Health in association with Columbia University.
Alex Kyriakidis †
President and Managing Director - Middle East & Africa
Alex Kyriakidis is President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, for Marriott International, Inc., with responsibility for all business activities in the Middle East & Africa Region (MEA), including operations, sales and marketing, finance and hotel development.
Prior to joining Marriott in January 2012, Mr. Kyriakidis served as Global Managing Director – Travel, Hospitality & Leisure for Deloitte LLP. In this role, Mr. Kyriakidis led the Global Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry team, where he was responsible for a team of 4,500 professionals that generated $700 million in revenues.
Mr. Kyriakidis has 38 years of experience providing strategic, financial, M&A, operational, asset management and integration services to the travel, hospitality and leisure sectors. He has served clients in 25 countries, predominantly in the EMEA and Asia/Pac regions.
He is a fellow of the Arab Society of Certified Accountants, the British Association of Hotel Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Mr. Kyriakidis holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science and mathematics from Leeds University in the United Kingdom. He is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Stephanie C. Linnartz †
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Commerical Officer
Stephanie Linnartz is executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer for Marriott International, Inc. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Information Technology, Brand Management, Marketing, eCommerce, Sales, Reservations, Revenue Management, and Consumer Insight functions for the Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, and Marriott Executive Apartments brands worldwide.
Ms. Linnartz joined Marriott in 1997 and most recently served as Global Officer, Sales & Revenue Management. She has held various roles throughout her career with Marriott including: Senior Vice President, Global Sales; Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Planning and Support; Vice President, Sales & Marketing Channel Strategy & Analysis; Vice President, Revenue Management; Director, Business Transformation and Integration; Director, Development Finance; Manager, Lodging Finance; and Senior Financial Analyst, Lodging Finance and Business Development.
Prior to Marriott, Ms. Linnartz worked for the Hilton Hotels Corporation and held various positions in Sales and Operations in Honolulu, Hawaii and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Linnartz is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, holds a masters of business administration from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has completed additional graduate studies at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Development in Bergen, Norway. Stephanie resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and two young children.
Executive Vice President and Chief Global Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Kathleen Matthews is the chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International, the leading global hotel company with 4,000 properties in more than 70 countries. She is responsible for the company’s global brand public relations, corporate and internal communications, global citizenship and government affairs. She co-chairs Marriott’s Executive Green Council and serves on the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.
As a passionate ambassador for travel, Mrs. Matthews is vice-chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the Secretary of Commerce. She chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on travel and tourism and serves on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association and International Tourism Partnership.
Mrs. Matthews is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University, and a 2004 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to her career at Marriott, she was an award winning news anchor at the ABC-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C., for 25 years, and hosted the nationally syndicated “Working Woman” television show. She was awarded top honors during her journalism career, including nine local Emmies. Ms. Matthews is married to MSNBC News host Chris Matthews and they have three grown children.
Amy C. McPherson †
President and Managing Director - Europe
Amy C. McPherson is President and Managing Director of Europe, a Division within Marriott that encompasses the United Kingdom, Ireland and Continental Europe. She is responsible for the performance and growth of the Marriott brand across Europe. Ms. McPherson is also a corporate officer for Marriott International.
Ms. McPherson joined Marriott in 1986 and most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. In this role, she was responsible for the company's global and field sales, marketing, the industry leading Marriott Rewards loyalty program, revenue management, e-commerce, worldwide reservation sales and customer care, and sales channel strategy and analysis.
Other key positions held by Ms. McPherson include senior vice president of business transformation and integration, and vice president of finance and business development.
In November 2005, Ms. McPherson was named one of the top "Women Who Mean Business" by the Washington Business Journal, honoring the region's most influential business women. Prior to joining Marriott, she worked for Air Products & Chemicals in Allentown, Pa.
Ms. McPherson is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a BBA degree in Business Management and Economics, as well as an MBA degree from the College of William & Mary.
Laura E. Paugh
Senior Vice President Investor Relations
Laura E. Paugh is Marriott’s Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Paugh is a senior strategist with expertise in investor relations, corporate governance and communications. She assisted in the strategic evolution of Marriott from a highly diversified U.S. restaurant, food service and hospitality firm into a global pure-play hotel company through significant acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, franchising and industry leading brand segmentation.
Ms. Paugh joined the original Marriott Corporation in 1980 as a financial analyst in Corporate Financing Planning. Before joining Marriott, she held finance positions at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI.
Ms. Paugh was named top Investor Relations Professional for Gaming and Lodging by Institutional Investor magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2009, she was named runner-up for Best Investor Relations Officer Mid-Cap and runner-up for Best Overall Investor Relations Program by Investor Relations magazine.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a MBA degree from the University of Maryland.
David A. Rodriguez †
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
David A. Rodriguez assumed the role of executive vice president – global human resources for Marriott International in 2006. Dr. Rodriguez was appointed a corporate officer in 2000, and in 2004, to the board of directors’ Committee for Excellence that focuses on advancing global diversity and inclusion in the company.
Dr. Rodriguez joined Marriott International and assumed the role of senior vice president - staffing & development in 1998. In 2003, he was appointed executive vice president – human resources for Marriott Lodging. Prior to joining Marriott International, Dr. Rodriguez held various human resources-related positions at Citicorp (now Citigroup) and Avon Products.
Dr. Rodriguez graduated from New York University in 1980 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and in 1987 with a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology. He is on the Board of Directors for Human Resources Policy Association, and a member of The Cowdrick Group, Personnel Roundtable, Advisory Council on Human Resources Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association.
Edward A. Ryan †
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Edward A. “Ed” Ryan assumed the role of executive vice president and general counsel for Marriott International in 2006, and is a senior executive officer of the company.
Mr. Ryan joined Marriott in 1996 and, prior to being appointed general counsel, held several positions in the Marriott law department, including development, asset management, operations, franchising, and corporate transactions. Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. Ryan engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C., first with the firm of Crowell & Moring from 1978 to 1984, and then with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) from 1984 to 1996, where he was made partner in 1989.
Mr. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his A.B. summa cum laude in 1975 and his J.D. cum laude in 1978. While attending law school, he was associate editor of the Law Review. Mr. Ryan has been a key contributor to Marriott’s global growth and is highly respected in the field for his industry leadership.
† Executive officer as defined under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934