Arne M. Sorenson
Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., a leading lodging global company with more than 4,100 lodging properties in more than 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of more than $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.
Marriott International operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Protea, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, Moxy, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club.
Previously, Mr. Sorenson was Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President of Continental European Lodging, with responsibility for lodging operations and development in the continental European region, as well as the company’s overall financial functions.
Prior to joining Marriott in 1996, Mr. Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation.
Mr. Sorenson was elected to Marriott International’s Board of Directors in 2011. He is also on U.S. President Barak Obama’s Export Council, the Board of Directors for Brand USA and the Luther College Board of Regents.
Mr. Sorenson co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007. In 2008, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. He is also chairman of Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and on the Marriott Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence, a board subcommittee focused on diversity. Together, the Council and Committee monitor and evaluate our company’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world. He also writes a blog as an Influencer on LinkedIn and has more than 180,000 followers.
Mr. Sorenson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.