Marriott International has appointed a new CEO following the death of former CEO Arne Sorenson last week.
Anthony “Tony” Capuano, who previously served as the Marriott group’s president of global development, design and operations, will join the board of directors and immediately assume the title of CEO of the hotel and resort company, Marriott International announced Tuesday.
Stephanie Linnartz, a Marriott executive, who along with Capuano had been chosen to oversee operations after Sorenson stepped down from her daily duties in early February. Linnartz was previously president of Marriott’s emerging business, technology and consumer operations group.
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“I am honored to be appointed to take over at Marriott, but it is a bittersweet moment,” Capuano said in a press release. “Arne was a mentor, champion, and friend to each member of his close-knit leadership team. It is thanks to Arne’s efforts that we are prepared to move forward with this transition. “
JW “Bill” Marriott, Jr., CEO of Marriott International, added that Capuano “played a critical role in the growth of Marriott” during his tenure as group president, which began in 2009. Since then, Marriott International has expanded its properties. from “just over 3,200” to over 7,600, according to the press release.
Following the announcement of his appointment, Capuano also stated that he will remain “laser-focused” on recovering revenue and expanding the brand.
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Former CEO Arne Sorenson died Feb. 15 amid a battle with pancreatic cancer, Marriott revealed last week. He was 62 years old.
He became the CEO of the hotel company in 2012, the first CEO not to carry the last name Marriott, and led the company through the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Sorenson had been with the company since 1996.
Initially diagnosed with cancer in May 2019, Sorenson only announced in early February 2021 that he would “temporarily” reduce his hours to undergo more aggressive treatment.
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“Arne was an exceptional executive, but more than that, he was an exceptional human being,” said Marriott Jr. upon learning of Sorenson’s death.
Matthew Kazin and Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.