Marriott International has named a new chief executive a week after the death of its long-time CEO, Ari Sorenson.
Anthony “Tony” Capuano, a 25-year-old veteran in the world’s largest hotel chain, will join the board of directors as he succeeds Sorenson, whose 62-year-old fight on February 15 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer Died, the company said Tuesday.
Capuano, 55, was the first group president, global development, design and operations.
“This is a bitwhite moment,” Capuano said in a statement. “Arne was a mentor, champion and a friend to every member of his close leadership team. It is because of Arn’s efforts that we are ready to move forward with this change. ”
Marriott also named a new president named 52-year-old Stephanie Linartz, formerly the group president of consumer operations and emerging businesses. After Sorenson’s death, he and Capuano were immediately tapped to head the CEO’s office.
Capuano will only be the second CEO who is not a member of the Marriott family – with Sorenson being the first to take up the role in 2012. Capuano began his Marriott career in 1995 as part of the market planning and feasibility team and grew rapidly. Corporate ladder at Bethesda, a corporate based company.
“Tony has played a key role in the development of Marriott over the past decade,” JW “Bill” Marriott, Jr., executive chairman and board chairman, said in a statement. “With Stephanie in the role of President and with our exceptional leadership team, Marriott may not be in better hands,” he said.