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Marriott names Capuano new CEO; Linnartz appointed president

Anthony “Tony” Capuano has been appointed chief executive officer of Marriott International and has joined the company’s board of directors, Marriott announced Tuesday. (Submitted Photo)

Anthony “Tony” Capuano has been appointed chief executive officer of Marriott International and has joined the company’s board of directors, Marriott announced Tuesday. (Submitted Photo)

Marriott International named a new CEO and a new president Tuesday, a little more than a week after its former leader died of cancer.

Marriott said Anthony “Tony” Capuano has been appointed CEO. Capuano, 55, joined the hotel company in 1995 and most recently served as group president of global development, design and operations services.

Stephanie Linnartz will serve as Marriott’s president. Linnartz, 52, joined Marriott in 1997 and most recently served as group president of consumer operations, technology and emerging businesses.

Marriott’s former President and CEO Arne Sorenson died on Feb. 15. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019. Earlier this month he had reduced his schedule at the company, leaving Capuano and Linnartz in charge while he underwent more aggressive treatment.

J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., the company’s executive chairman, said Capuano has played a major role in Marriott’s growth over the last decade. Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott is the world’s largest hotel chain, with 30 brands and more than 7,000 properties worldwide.

Stephanie Linnartz will serve as Marriott's president. (Submitted Photo)

Stephanie Linnartz will serve as Marriott’s president. (Submitted Photo)

“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,” Bill Marriott said in a statement.

Capuano, who is the fourth CEO in Marriott’s 93-year history, said his appointment was bittersweet.

“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,” Capuano said.

During Capuano’s tenure leading global development, the company grew its footprint from just over 3,200 properties in early 2009 to over 7,600 properties by year-end 2020. In addition, he oversaw the growth and globalization of Marriott’s development pipeline to 498,000 rooms, with more than half of the pipeline representing projects outside the U.S.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Capuano led Marriott’s work on its Commitment to Clean initiative, which was designed to enhance Marriott’s cleaning protocols.

Prior to this appointment, Linnartz, was responsible for brand, marketing, sales, revenue management, customer engagement, digital,  and information technology strategies. She played a pivotal role during Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing the integration of business-critical systems including reservations, property management, revenue management and loyalty.

In 2019, under her leadership, the company combined the Marriott and Starwood loyalty programs to create the world’s largest hospitality loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy.