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Marriott International names new area VP for UK&I

Prior to this role, Chugh was VP Finance Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for Marriott’s 1,000 hotels in the region

Marriott International, Inc has announced the appointment of Joanna Chugh as Area VP UK, Ireland and Nordics.

Chugh will be responsible for Marriott International’s 60 managed hotels across the region, representing brands such as JW Marriott, W Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Residence Inn by Marriott and Autograph Collection.

In her new position, Marriott said Chugh will work to drive the company’s continued recovery across the UK, Ireland and Nordics while growing its presence and supporting the company’s vision to “become EMEA’s favourite travel company”.

Prior to this role, Chugh was VP Finance Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for Marriott’s 1,000 hotels in the region. Chugh started in hospitality in 1992 working at various hotels in Europe, before joining Marriott in 1996, as the Rooms Service manager at the London Marriott Marble Arch. 

Chugh rose through ranks taking on various operational and financial leadership positions across Marriott’s UK&I portfolio. In 2013, Chugh moved into a corporate role, initially taking on responsibility for finance for Western Europe before leading the finance operations team for the UKI, then Europe and finally EMEA. 

Marriott added that Chugh is part of Marriott’s Female Leadership Initiative, designed to provide “high potential female team members with the tools to accelerate their careers in Marriott”. Chugh is also an active member of the Shannon College Alumni and committed to graduate recruitment and development.

Gonzalo Aguilar, COO Europe, Marriott International, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce that Joanna will take up this new role. With a career spanning several operational and financial leadership roles across multiple regions, she brings extensive hospitality experience, strong relationships with our ownership community, and comprehensive knowledge of hospitality.”

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