Marriott announces board leadership transition and new director

David Marriott will take over as the next chairman of the board, and Isabella Goren has been appointed as an independent director

Marriott International has announced that J.W. Marriott Jr. will retire as executive chairman in May after more than 60 years of leadership. The board has designated him chairman emeritus, effective immediately following the upcoming 2022 annual meeting, due to his “significant contributions” to the company.

The board has elected David S. Marriott to succeed Marriott Jr. as chairman of the board, effective immediately following the annual meeting. David Marriott joined the company in 1999 and was elected as a director in 2021. 

Prior to joining the board, he held a number of operational roles with the company, including most recently as the president, U.S. Full Service Managed by Marriott, where he was responsible for overseeing more than 330 hotels under 14 brands. Prior positions at the company include market vice president and senior vice president of global sales.

Meanwhile, the board also announced it has elected Isabella D. Goren, former chief financial officer of American Airlines Inc. and its parent, AMR Corporation, as an independent director of the company, effective 1 March 2022. The board also appointed Goren to the board’s audit committee, effective on the same date. 

Anthony Capuano, CEO of Marriott International, said: “On behalf of the board and the hundreds of thousands of people who wear a Marriott name badge around the world, I’d like to thank Mr. Marriott for his outstanding leadership throughout his tenure with the company. He is truly an industry icon.

“I’d also like to congratulate David Marriott on being elected chairman of the board. Not only does he have tremendous operational experience from his career at Marriott, but hospitality is in his DNA. I look forward to working alongside him for years to come.”

Willard Marriott, Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board, added: “Bella has a long history in the travel industry, and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to Marriott’s board of directors.

“Marriott will benefit from her valuable experience in finance, loyalty programs, customer service, and management of complex international operations.”

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