J.W. Marriott Jr. stepping down from company after 60 years of leadership

After almost six decades in a leadership role with the company, Marriott International executive chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. plans to retire in May.
After almost six decades in a leadership role with the company, Marriott International executive chairman J.W. Marriott Jr. plans to retire in May.

After nearly 60 years of leadership, J.W. Marriott, Jr. plans to retire as Marriott International’s executive chairman in May.

In recognition of Marriott’s contributions to the company, the board of directors formally designated him chairman emeritus, effective immediately following the upcoming 2022 annual meeting. In addition, the board has elected David S. Marriott as the new chairman of the board.

Marriott, Jr. guided what was once a family-run root beer stand and restaurant business to a global hospitality company now comprising of nearly 8,000 properties across 30 brands in 139 countries and territories.

He spent his high school and college years working in a variety of positions in the family’s Hot Shoppes restaurant chain. He became a full-time associate in 1956, and soon afterward began overseeing the first Marriott hotel. He became president of the company in 1964 and CEO in 1972, a role he held for 40 years before stepping down in March 2012. He was elected chairman of the board in 1985.

“On behalf of the board and the hundreds of thousands of people who wear a Marriott name badge around the world, I’d like to thank Mr. Marriott for his outstanding leadership throughout his tenure with the company. He is truly an industry icon,” said Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International. “I’d also like to congratulate David Marriott on being elected chairman of the board. Not only does he have tremendous operational experience from his career at Marriott, but hospitality is in his DNA. I look forward to working alongside him for years to come.”

David Marriott joined Marriott International in 1999 and was elected as a director in 2021. Prior to joining the board, he held several operational roles with the company, including most recently as the president of U.S. Full Service Managed by Marriott, where he was responsible for oversight of more than 330 hotels operating under 14 brands in 34 states.

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