Kathleen MatthewsExecutive Vice President & Chief Global Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Marriott International, Inc.
Kathleen Matthews is the chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International, the leading global hotel company with nearly 3,900 properties in more than 72 countries. She is responsible for the company’s global brand public relations, corporate communications, social responsibility, and government affairs. She co-chairs Marriott’s Executive Green Council and serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the Secretary of Commerce, as well as the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, the International Tourism Partnership, and the Economic Club of Washington. She is also Chair of the World Economic Forum's Policy Council on Aviation, Travel and Tourism.
Matthews is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University, and was a 2004 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to her career at Marriott, she was an award winning news anchor at the ABC-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C., for 25 years, and hosted the nationally syndicated “Working Woman” television show. She has been awarded nine local Emmys and other top honors during her journalism career.