Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, 62, dies of pancreatic cancer

Local Marriott hotels include Miami Beach Edition and JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

Marriott International announced that president and CEO Arne M. Sorenson died on Monday.

Sorenson fought pancreatic cancer for two years. The announcement comes just two weeks after Sorenson reduced his schedule to continue cancer treatments.

In 2012, Sorenson became Marriott’s third CEO. Under his tenure, Marriott acquired the Starwood Hotels & Resorts while driving company initiatives on issues such as environmental sustainability, human trafficking awareness and diversity. In a statement, the company noted he was “tireless in driving the company’s progress, creating opportunities for associates, growth for owners and franchisees and results for the company’s shareholders.”

“Arne was an exceptional executive—but more than that—he was an exceptional human being,” said J.W. Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. “Arne loved every aspect of this business and relished time spent touring our hotels and meeting associates around the world. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where the hospitality industry was headed and position Marriott for growth. But the roles he relished the most were as husband, father, brother and friend.”

Stephanie Linnartz, Group President, Consumer Operations, Technology and Emerging Businesses; and Tony Capuano, Group President, Global Development, Design and Operations Services will run Marriott until a new CEO is announced.

Photo courtesy of PRNewsfoto/Marriott International, Inc.

Keren Moros
  • frank papandrea
    Posted at 19:05h, 16 February Reply

    condolences to the Sorenson family

  • frank papandrea
    Posted at 19:10h, 16 February Reply

    condolences to the Sorenson family, so sorry for your loss

  • Evelyn
    Posted at 19:37h, 16 February Reply

    May he rest in peace and give his family strength during this time.

    • Drew Limsky
      Posted at 08:13h, 27 February Reply

      A true beloved leader. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Jolene
    Posted at 20:25h, 16 February Reply

    Marriott is such a great brand. Rest in peace sir.

  • Jeff Dinetz
    Posted at 12:57h, 17 February Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Living in Aventura the JW Marriott Turnberry has become a landmark destination.

  • Renee
    Posted at 13:16h, 17 February Reply

    Prayers to the Sorenson family.

  • Judy A Vianest-Piccolomini
    Posted at 01:43h, 18 February Reply

    Condolences to his family. Rest in Peace Arne Sorenson…?

  • Michelle St Omer
    Posted at 19:51h, 18 February Reply

    My prayers go out to the family in this difficult time.

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