Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson On The Future Of The Hospitality Industry, Masks, And Furloughs
So you think you've had a rollercoaster year? Consider the tumultuous times of hospitality leader Arne Sorenson, the president and CEO of Marriott International. On the heels of the purchase and integration of Starwood Hotels and Resorts into the Marriott organization and a period of unprecedented growth for the combined company, Sorenson was diagnosed with Stage Two pancreatic cancer. His being a treatable type of the disease, Sorenson underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and immunotherapy, all in 2019, while continuing to lead the combined operation: 30 hospitality brands operating 7400 hotel and resort properties in 134 countries and territories.