Laura E. Paugh is Marriott’s Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Ms. Paugh is a senior strategist with expertise in investor relations, corporate governance and communications. She assisted in the strategic evolution of Marriott from a highly diversified U.S. restaurant, food service and hospitality firm into a global pure-play hotel company through significant acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, franchising and industry leading brand segmentation.
Ms. Paugh joined the original Marriott Corporation in 1980 as a financial analyst in Corporate Financing Planning. Before joining Marriott, she held finance positions at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI.
Ms. Paugh was named top Investor Relations Professional for Gaming and Lodging by Institutional Investor magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2009, she was named runner-up for Best Investor Relations Officer Mid-Cap and runner-up for Best Overall Investor Relations Program by Investor Relations magazine.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a MBA degree from the University of Maryland.