Marriott International has appointed Tony Capuano as CEO following the death of Arne Sorenson, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last week.
Capuano most recently headed the company’s U.S. and Canada lodging business.
“Tony has played a critical role in Marriott’s growth over the last decade,” executive chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. said in a statement.
“He will be a terrific leader as we continue to advance our growth strategy while also navigating the market dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. He works thoughtfully and pragmatically with our owner and franchisee community and has been steadfast in ensuring Marriott delivers operational excellence and elevated customer experiences at our properties.”
Stephanie Linnartz, group president, consumer operations, has also been appointed president.
Both Capuano and Linnartz had been overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations since early February.
“I am honored to be appointed to take the helm of Marriott, but it is a bittersweet moment,” Capuano said.
“Arne was a mentor, a champion and a friend to each member of his close-knit leadership team. It is because of Arne’s efforts that we are prepared to move forward with this transition.”