Marriott has made further steps in the company’s
global strategy to establish continental divisions in Asia Pacific
and the Middle East and Africa with two key leadership
Simon F. Cooper has been named President &
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, and will be responsible for
leading the operating performance and growth of the region which
includes more than 130 properties and 70 hotels under development
represented by The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott,
Renaissance, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments brands.
Edwin D. Fuller will lead operations and growth in the Middle
East and Africa in his continued role as President & Managing
Director, Lodging International. He will also provide counsel on
the company’s global growth strategy. Marriott plans to open 42
additional hotels in the Middle East and Africa region over the
next three years.
Both Mr. Cooper and Mr. Fuller will report to
Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Marriott
“Simon brings strong business savvy and deep knowledge of the
emerging markets in Asia Pacific given the significant recent
growth in the Asia portfolio for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Sorenson.
“Under his leadership, we achieved a major expansion of The
Ritz-Carlton brand around the world and most recently positioned
it for future growth through the leverage of our company’s global
"Ed is highly respected throughout the
industry and brings considerable expertise and contacts to our
global operations,” said Sorenson. “As a 38-year Marriott veteran,
he was a principle leader in growing the Marriott portfolio from
16 international hotels to more than 400 in 68 countries outside
North America and expanding our brands into new markets."
Mr. Cooper will be based in Hong Kong and
assumes his new role after leading The Ritz-Carlton where he has served as President
and Chief Operating Officer for the past nine years.
In 2001, Mr. Cooper joined The Ritz-Carlton after serving three
years as president of Marriott Lodging Canada and Senior Vice
President of Marriott Lodging for Canada and New England. Prior to
this, he was an executive with Delta Hotels. Born and educated in
England, he earned an MBA from the University of Toronto and was
awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Canada’s
University of Guelph earlier this year. As a result of Mr.
Herve Humler has been named as President & Chief Operations
Officer of Ritz-Carlton.
Mr. Fuller attended
Wake Forest University and is a graduate of Boston University and
the Harvard Graduate School of Business advanced management
program. He served as a trustee of Boston University and was
recently appointed to the University’s Board of Overseers. Mr.
Fuller also serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the
University of California Irvine, Mirage School of Business and was
appointed to the California State University Hospitality Industry
Advisory Board. Earlier this year he was named a commissioner of
travel and tourism for the state of California. Mr. Fuller served
in the U.S. Army as a captain in Germany and Vietnam and was
awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.
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