Marriott Family Member Joins Board With Chairman Role Looming

David Marriott, whose grandfather founded what would become the world’s largest hotel company, has joined the board of directors of Marriott International Inc. in anticipation of assuming the role of chairman next year.

Marriott, 47, will step down from his position in the company’s U.S. full-service hotel division in anticipation of that move, according to a statement today from Marriott. He joined the company in 1999 and has held a variety of positions since then.

The company announced last year that Executive Chairman Bill Marriott, whose father founded the company in 1927, planned to shift to the role of chairman emeritus in 2022. David, who is Bill’s son, is expected to become chairman then.

The company is seeking to bounce back from its worst year ever with a new chief executive officer. New boss Tony Capuanotook charge in February following Arne Sorenson’s death after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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