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Craig Smith to Become Marriott's Group President - International

Dave Grissen, Marriott Internationals Group President for the Americas, has decided to step down from his position towards the end of 2020 and retire from Marriott in the first quarter of 2021, after 36 years with the company.

Dave, who has been leading the companys Americas business for the past eleven years, oversees all of the Americas lodging business comprising more than 5,640 properties and a work force of 160,000 people.

Dave Grissen. Click to enlarge.

Its hard for me to picture a Marriott without Dave Grissen, someone who has been such an integral part of this company for so long, said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International. Dave is the consummate strategist with the mind of an operator. He is as equally skilled at driving successful implementation as he is at looking over the horizon to identify that next, new idea. Perhaps his most important legacy is the work he has done to champion leadership training and the impact that had developing new leaders and driving performance at our hotels across the region. We will certainly miss Dave, but I know that the next phase of his life will be as dynamic and meaningful as his extraordinary tenure here at Marriott.

Dave leads all aspects of the companys biggest region, the Americas, which generates over two-thirds of the companys fee revenues.

Under Daves leadership, Marriotts Americas organization has grown from 2,928 hotels to 5,640 properties today, with another 1,800 hotels in the pipeline.

He also has global responsibility for one of the companys most acclaimed luxury brands, Edition.

Dave started with the company as a division controller and has held a number of positions during his tenure with Marriott including: Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development; Senior Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region; Executive Vice President of the Eastern Region; President of the Americas; and, Group President with responsibility for the Americas division and company-wide areas such as Global Operations.

Dave and I started talking about his potential retirement last year, and we knew we would need time to prepare for transition, said Mr. Sorenson. Dave will be fully engaged with us until he steps out of his current role, which allows us to begin the work necessary to be able to fill the void he will leave.

Craig Smith. Click to enlarge.

Liam Brown will take on the role of Group President, North America and Craig S. Smith will take on the role of Group President, International.

In his new role as Group President, International, Craig will oversee all non-North American operations for Marriott including the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) regions.

Craig, a 32-year Marriott veteran, is currently Group President, Asia Pacific. Prior to his current role, he spent two and a half years leading the companys CALA region.

Craigs experience spans work on property (he started in housekeeping), in operations and in staff roles with an international focus 27 of his 32 years with Marriott have been spent in international markets.

Liam Brown. Click to enlarge.

Liam is currently Group President, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).

A 30-year Marriott veteran, Liam has spent the majority of his career working in the U.S. Prior to taking over leadership of the EMEA region, he was President, Europe, and prior to that, President, Select Brands and Owner and Franchise Services, North America, and he remains well connected to the companys North American owners. The companys Canadian operations will remain part of the North American portfolio, under Liam.

The changes we are making will help define a new era for our organization one that will accelerate our global aspirations, said Mr. Sorenson. We are lucky to have such a deep executive bench to draw from both Craig and Liam are superbly talented and will bring tremendous experience to these roles.

In addition, Mr. J.W. Marriott, Jr. plans to transition to the role of Chairman Emeritus in 2022. In anticipation of that event, the company expects that Mr. David Marriott, currently President, U.S. Full Service, Managed by Marriott, will join the companys Board of Directors in 2021.

Mr. David Marriott, who leads the team responsible for more than 320 full service managed hotels in the U.S., started in the company as a teenager washing dishes and has built his career in regional operations and sales. Should Mr. David Marriott join the Board, the company expects he will step down as an executive of the company at that time, in anticipation of assuming the position of Chairman of the Board.

David is well-suited to join our Board and I know he will bring not only his operations and sales experience but also his deep understanding of Marriotts culture to Board-level conversation and decision-making, said Mr. Sorenson.

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