Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Passes Away After Cancer Battle

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Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Passes Away After Cancer Battle February 16, 2021 CEN News Arne Sorenson, the third CEO in Marriott International’s history, died unexpectedly on Monday, the hotel giant announced . Sorenson was diagnosed in May 2019 with pancreatic cancer and earlier this month took a leave of absence to battle the disease’s resurgence. He was 62 years old. Among Sorenson’s largest accomplishments was the 2016 completion of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which immediately made Marriott the world’s largest hotel chain, with more than 5,800 properties and 1.1 million rooms in more than 110 countries. “During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Sorenson was tireless in driving the company’s progress, creating opportunities for associates, growth for owners and franchisees and results for the company’s shareholders,” Marriott officials said in a statement. A titan across many industries, Sorenson’s passing was met with shock and sadness by travel executives, corporate giants at IBM, Pepsi and others, as well as political leaders. “This is a huge loss,” said U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow in a statement, calling Sorenson a “dear friend, business leader and travel advocate.” Added Dow: “To me, Arne was more than a professional colleague with...

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