Marriott International Inc. has chosen Tony Capuano as its new CEO, choosing a veteran of the world’s largest hotel company to guide it through the industry’s most paralyzing period in memory.
Mr. Capuano, 55, has been with the company for 25 years and most recently was group president responsible for leading Marriott’s global development, design efforts and operations.
He takes over the top job after former CEO and President Arne Sorenson passed away last week. Sorenson had been diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2019. Stephanie Linnartz, 52, president of the Marriott group that oversees consumer operations, technology and emerging businesses, is the new president of the company.
Leading Marriott, a 1.4 million-room global lodging giant, Capuano takes on one of the most challenging jobs in any American business.
The hospitality sector is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused global travel to dry up, caused hotel closures in US cities, and forced rounds of layoffs and licenses across the industry. Mr. Capuano is also filling in for a beloved CEO who made sure to connect with everyone from the company’s group leaders to the housekeepers.