Marriott International has appointed Liam Brown as president and managing director of its European operations.\r\n\r\nHe will take over from Amy McPherson, who announced last week that she will be retiring from the company in early 2019. McPherson, who has been with the company for 32 years, is leaving to pursue in order to nurture a start-up business in the UK, of which she is a principal investor, and to spend more time with her family in the United States.\r\n\r\nBrown, a dublin-native, has served in his current role as president, select brands and owner and franchise service in North America since 2013, overseeing all of Marriott\u2019s franchising for the region.\r\n\r\nSince joining the company in 1989, Brown has held a number of leadership positions at the hotel group including executive vice president, select service and extended stay development and senior vice president. He started his career at Marriott and spent his first 10 years with the company in general manager roles at full service, select service and extended stay hotels in the company\u2019s portfolio.\r\n\r\nArne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, said: \u201cLiam is the perfect choice to lead Marriott\u2019s next chapter of growth in Europe. [He] has an extraordinary ability to connect with people \u2013 associates, guests, owners and franchisees. His relationship-focused approach to doing business drives tremendous results, earning him fans across our company and within our community of owners.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe\u2019s a world-class executive, who has that terrific combination of property, operations and corporate experience that will serve him well as he takes on this important role.\u201d\r\n\r\nBrown and his wife, Lillian, will relocate to Marriott\u2019s European office in London during the first quarter 2019.