Sorensen was diagnosed with cancer in May 2019. In early February 2021, he retired from the day-to-day work of therapy, succeeding Marriott directors Stephanie Lennart and Tony Capuano.
He was the first CEO outside the Marriott family to take over the company in 2012. With the capture of his rival Starwood, he created a hotel giant with 30 brands, including such great names as Ritz Carlton, Westin, and Sheraton. The purchase was completed for US$13 billion (€10.7 billion today) in 2016. Arsene Sorenson had revealed in May 2019 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and on February 2 said he would take a leave of absence to allow for more aggressive treatment. ” He died on 15th of February 2021.
Mr. Arne Sorenson became the third CEO in the history of Marriott in 2012, and the first without the Marriott last name,” the hotel group said in a statement. “A visionary leader, Mr. Sorenson put the firm on a strong growth trajectory that included the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “The company said that the two executives who were asked to manage the company during Sorenson’s tenure, Stephanie Linnartz and Tony Capuano, will continue to serve until the board appoints a new CEO, which is expected within one to two weeks.
Arne M. Sorenson is a businessman who has led seven different companies and serves as President of CEO Roundtable LLC, President, CEO, and Director of Marriott International, Inc., Managing Director of Courtyard By Marriott, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Fullerton Marriott at the California State University Hotel. Mr. Sorenson is also a member of the board of directors of Microsoft Corp., Special Olympics, Inc. and the Brookings Institution, a member of the President’s Export Council, a member of The Business Roundtable, a member of the President’s Export Council of the International Trade Administration and chairman of the Luther College Student Council.
Arne M. Sorenson previously served as treasurer and director at the Corporation for Travel Promotion, and co-chief executive officer at Clym Ltd., president of the U.S. Travel Association, and president of the Global Initiative at the Economic Club of Washington. And also, He received an undergraduate degree from Luther College and a graduate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.