Gosh, that’s tragic. Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott, passed away unexpectedly yesterday (February 15, 2021) at the age of 62. In May 2019, it was announced that Sorenson had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and earlier this month it was announced that Sorenson would temporarily cut its schedule to allow for a more sophisticated treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Sorenson has been Marriott’s CEO since 2012, only the company’s third CEO and the first without a last name Marriott.
JW Marriott Jr., Executive Chairman of Marriott, said the following about Sorenson’s death:
“Arne was an exceptional manager – but he was also an exceptional person. Arne loved every aspect of this business and enjoyed the time we spent touring our hotels and meeting employees around the world. He had an uncanny ability to predict where the hospitality industry was headed and position Marriott for growth. But the roles he enjoyed most were as husband, father, brother, and friend. On behalf of the board of directors and hundreds of thousands of Marriott employees around the world, we extend our deep condolences to Arne’s wife and four children. We share your heartache and will miss Arne very much. “
Marriott plans to appoint a new CEO within the next two weeks. In the meantime, two seasoned Marriott executives will lead the company. They were marked for this in early February when it was revealed that Sorenson was cutting his schedule.
These people are Stephanie Linnartz, Group President, Consumer Operations, Technology and Emerging Businesses, and Tony Capuano, Group President, Global Development, Design and Operations Services.
My thoughts are with Sorenson’s family and friends. It’s just heartbreaking.