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01/10/2011

Marriott’s Architecture and Construction Leader, Brad Bryan, to Retire; Succeeded by Ron Harrison

Bryan, Brad 2010 image from mgs Harrison,Ron cropped Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) said today that A. Bradford Bryan, Jr. will retire as Executive Vice President and head of the company’s Architecture and Construction division on March 31. He will be succeeded by Ronald T. Harrison as Global Officer, Architecture and Construction.  [Pictured left,  Brad Bryan; pictured right, Ron Harrison.]

Mr. Bryan’s career has spanned 31 years, and he has led Marriott’s pivotal Architecture and Construction area over the past 15 years during a period of major company growth and transition as the portfolio tripled from 1,200 to more than 3,500 hotels. 

Joining the original Marriott Corporation in 1980, Mr. Bryan rose through a range of significant roles, including Executive Vice President and Group President for Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn hotels.  He assumed his current position in 1996.  

William J. Shaw, Marriott’s vice chairman of the company, said, “During Brad’s leadership of Architecture and Construction, Marriott became synonymous with consistent best-in-class hotels. He played a central role in such benchmark achievements as the dramatic increase in our limited-service hotel portfolio and overseeing our 31-year old headquarters building’s achievement of LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Existing Building Gold certification.  I am grateful for Brad’s invaluable contribution. We are leaving his legacy in Ron Harrison’s capable and talented hands.”

Mr. Harrison, a 28-year veteran of the company, will oversee the company’s global architecture and interior design, construction management, estimating, finance, procurement services, and corporate facilities in his new role.  Most recently, he has served as Senior Vice President of Full Service Domestic Design and Project Management for the Architecture and Construction division.  In this position, he has been responsible for the design and construction of new hotel products and concepts, conversions of existing lodging products to Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Edition and Autograph Collection brands, and ongoing renovations of existing full-service properties throughout the United States and Canada. 

Mr. Harrison brings broad experience and deep industry knowledge to his new role.  He has served as President of Marriott’s lodging operations in Canada, Regional Vice President of Renaissance Hotels, and Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis.  In addition, Mr. Harrison led Marriott’s industry-leading Worldwide Reservations System and was a hotel General Manager at several locations around the globe, including the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.   

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