Marriott International has announced the appointment of Anthony Capuano as its new chief executive officer, following the death of Arne Sorenson a little over a week ago. Stephanie Linnartz has been named Marriott’s president.
Capuano, 55, joined the hotel company in 1995 and most recently served as group president of global development, design and operations services. Linnartz, 52, joined Marriott in 1997 and most recently served as group president of consumer operations, technology and emerging businesses.
Capuano has played a major role in Marriott’s growth over the last decade, according to a statement from J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., the company’s executive chairman. “He will be a terrific leader as we continue to advance our growth strategy while also navigating the market dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Marriott said.
Capuano is the fourth CEO in Marriott’s 93-year history. In taking the appointment, he said of his predecessor: “Arne was a mentor, a champion and a friend to each member of his close-knit leadership team. It is because of Arne’s efforts that we are prepared to move forward with this transition.”
Marriott is the world’s largest hotel chain, with 30 brands and more than 7,000 properties worldwide.