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President & CEORead Biography
Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., the largest lodging company in the world. Following Marriott’s September 2016 acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the company includes nearly 6,000 properties across 30 brands in 120 countries and territories. In fiscal year 2015, Marriott reported revenues of more than $14 billion.
Mr. Sorenson joined Marriott in 1996. He became the third CEO in the company’s history in 2012 – and the first without the Marriott surname. Prior to that, he served as Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He has held a number of positions, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of Continental European Lodging. He was elected to Marriott’s Board of Directors in 2011.
Additionally, Mr. Sorenson serves as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council. He is the immediate past Board Chair for Brand USA and continues as a member of the board. Other affiliations include: Chair, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable; member of the Luther College Board of Regents; Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Mobility; and member of the Board of Trustees for The Brookings Institution. Mr. Sorenson’s Influencer blog, which appears on LinkedIn, has more than 400,000 followers.
Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council was co-founded by Mr. Sorenson in 2007. The following year, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil.
Mr. Sorenson chairs Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Council, along with the Marriott Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence, monitors and evaluates Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world.
Before he joined Marriott, Mr. Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation.
He is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School. He and his wife Ruth live in the Washington, D.C. area, where they raised their four children.
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources OfficerRead Biography
Global Chief Commercial OfficerRead Biography
Stephanie Linnartz is one of the most influential players in the travel, leisure, and lifestyle space, overseeing a wide range of critical business functions at Marriott, the world’s largest hospitality company with over one million rooms, 30 brands, and 500,000 employees in more than 100 countries. As Global Chief Commercial Officer, Stephanie oversees consumer interaction with some of the world’s most venerable brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, St. Regis® Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Sheraton®, W® Hotels Worldwide, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, Westin®, Renaissance® Hotels, and Le Méridien®.
Growing up in a hotel industry family, Stephanie started her career at Hilton Hotels Corporation. She joined Marriott in 1997 as a financial analyst, working her way up in a wide range of positions with increasing scope, and is now one of the company’s highest-ranking executives, responsible for all aspects of marketing, ecommerce, digital, sales, reservations, revenue management, information technology, and consumer insight functions worldwide. A penchant for technology and trends drives her passion for predicting and managing against important shifts and disruptors in the dynamic travel industry.
Named one of the world’s most influential marketing executives by Forbes, Stephanie has a unique perspective on consumer sentiment and spending across the globe. She has been a speaker at the World Economic Forum and is a sought-after conference panelist. Her professional ascent has been covered by multiple media outlets, including FORTUNE, where she also contributes commentary for the magazine’s popular ‘Most Powerful Women’ series. Additional bylined thought-leadership pieces can be found on Overheard@Marriott.
Stephanie is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, holds an MBA from William & Mary, and has completed additional graduate studies at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Development. She remains involved in academic circles through guest lectures and commence-ment addresses. An active member of the Marriott Board of Director’s Committee for Excellence and the company Diversity and Inclusion and Green Councils, she also serves on the board of Fair Chance, a non-profit focused on transforming the lives of children living in poverty. Stephanie travels the world extensively, is an avid runner, and resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and two young children.
Global Brand OfficerRead Biography
Tina Edmundson is Global Brand Officer for Marriott International’s 30 diverse and experiential hotel brands, including the prestigious luxury portfolio of eight of the world’s most desirable and coveted luxury hotel brands; The Ritz Carlton, Ritz Carlton Reserve, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide.
Edmundson’s leadership includes re-defining and executing innovative, industry-leading and change-making global brand strategies for the company’s expanded portfolio.
Edmundson plays a central role in the future development and sustainability of the company’s 30 hotel brands around the world. Working closely with the company's global development team, she is setting a new industry standard for creativity and innovation in experiential luxury and lifestyle travel. She plays a crucial role in helping ensure that each brand remains culturally relevant and resonates with the diverse and evolving mindsets of guests around the world.
Edmundson served in numerous leadership roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts before joining Marriott International, including serving as senior vice president of brand operations for Starwood’s Luxury and Lifestyle division.
Senior Vice President, Marriott Classic Select BrandsRead Biography
Janis Milham is Senior Vice President for Marriott’s Classic Select Brands which includes Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, TownPlace Suites, Four Points and Protea Hotels in South Africa. She has overall responsibility for brand positioning, long range strategic brand planning and product development globally for the eight brands.
Janis has been with Marriott for 28 years and has held various positions in the field and at Headquarters.
Janis is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Janis and her husband, Allan, 17 year old daughter, Kate, 17 year old nephew, Trent and dog Gracie Rose currently reside in Kensington, Maryland.
Vice President, Marriott Distinctive Select BrandsRead Biography
Toni Stoeckl is the Vice President of Lifestyle Brands for Marriott International, Inc. including responsibility for Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. In his role, Toni defines and executes global brand strategy and signature programming for more than 225 hotels around the world. He also plays an integral role in the future development and global growth of each brand, and plays an essential role in defining the direction of the global marketing strategy for the brand, helping to ensure that each brand remains firmly rooted in the lifestyle category.
Toni began his extraordinary career in hospitality at his family’s business near Frankfurt, Germany and joined the Sheraton Frankfurt Hotel in 1996 before making the move to the U.S.. Prior to joining Renaissance Hotels in 2009, Toni served as the Global Brand Director of Starwood's Luxury & Design Brands based in New York City.
Renaissance Hotels is designed around making business travel fun again and helping its guests to discover unexpected surprises with every stay. It is a sophisticated hotel brand whose mission is to encourage today’s modern business traveler to Live Life to DiscoverSM and make every business trip an opportunity to experience a new story that can be shared.
Developed following extensive research and created with the next generation traveler in mind, Moxy Hotels debuted in Europe in September at Milan’s Malpensa Airport in Italy. A fresh and innovative lifestyle hotel brand combining stylish design and approachable service at a reasonable price, the brand is set to open additional locations in key cities throughout Europe by the end of 2016. Early growth estimates predict the brand could reach 150 hotels within the next ten years.
AC Hotels by Marriott, launched in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan and plans to open its first hotel in the U.S. this fall at the Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans. AC Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of more than 72 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. A sleek and modern approach to design combined with unique elements which embody the character of each destination; growth plans for the brand include more than 30 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.
Moxy Hotels debuted September 2014 with the opening of the new Moxy Milan. A boutique hotel concept for the budget savvy traveller, Moxy is fresh and innovative brand combining stylish design and approachable service at an affordable price. With tech-enabled rooms, vibrant lobby spaces, unique amenities and warm, modern service, Moxy aims to surprise budget-conscious travelers with a thoughtful, spirited and fun guest experience. Moxy Milan will quickly be followed by locations in Germany, Switzerland, Scotland and England, with Moxy Tempe and Moxy New Orleans having opened Spring 2016. Early growth estimates suggest that Moxy Hotels could grow to include nearly 150 hotels around the world in the next ten years. Each hotel will be lively, uncompromising and young at heart – just like its target guests.
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling over 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Santa Fe, Argentina, and Sanya, China. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.
A true global executive, Toni grew up in Europe, but considers the lifestyle and cultural arena to be his true home. Educated in Frankfurt and in New York, Toni currently resides in downtown Washington, D.C.
Vice President, Brand ManagementRead Biography
Diane began her career with Marriott International, Inc. in 1994, leading market research for the Senior Living Services division through a period of rapid growth and transformation. In 1999, she transitioned to Marriott’s lodging group, where she worked in various brand management and strategy roles in support of the company’s select service & extended stay brands. Her responsibilities included defining brand targets, positioning, guiding design and innovation, creating strategies for global growth and identifying new opportunities for business leadership across the CFRST brands.
Diane assumed her role as vice president and global brand manager for Residence Inn in 2011, and added Marriott Executive Apartments to her scope in 2014.
Prior to joining Marriott, Diane worked for Verizon, Inc. where she was responsible for the design and marketing of innovations such as Caller ID. Prior to that worked in consulting at Harlan Brown & Company, Inc.
Diane earned her MBA in International Business from the George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Virginia.
Vice President, Brand Management – Courtyard, Four Points, SpringHill Suites, and FairfieldRead Biography
Callette assumed her current position as Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Classic Select Brands. In this role, she is responsible for the overall strategy and development of the following brands: Courtyard, Fairfield, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Four Points by Sheraton. Callette is focused on ensuring the brand is positioned to win with the Millennial target consumer, as well as growing the pipeline of hotels domestically and internationally.
Callette joined Marriott in 1997 at the Sandy, Utah Residence Inn. During her time with Marriott she has held various positions, including General Manager, Regional Senior Director and VP of Brand Management for SpringHill Suites and AC Hotels. Callette most recently held the position of Vice President and Global Brand Manager for the Courtyard brand.
With nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Callette brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of on-property and field operations. In her numerous roles, her energy, passion for the business, expertise in sales, revenue management, marketing and keen business acumen have resulted in building successful teams and delivering outstanding results.
Callette is a native of Utah and has enjoyed living in Seattle, Denver, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her curiosity and enthusiasm keeps her seeking new adventures, traveling, enjoying all types of music, and spending time with her family and friends.
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TV broadcaster, and former football coachRead Biography
Jimmy Johnson is a television broadcaster and former football player, coach and executive. Johnson is known for being an extraordinary head football coach, being just one of three coaches to win a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. He led the University of Miami Hurricanes football team to an undefeated season and national championship in 1987. Johnson would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
In 1989, Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and former teammate of Johnson’s at the University of Arkansas, asked him to be the new head football coach. Johnson served as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 through 1993 and led the team to two consecutive Super Bowl victories, winning Super Bowl XXVII in 1992 and Super Bowl XXVIII in 1993.
Johnson is currently an on-air staff member on Fox NFL Sunday and pens a column on Foxsports.com. Aside from football, he currently owns a bar and restaurant in Key Largo, Florida called “JJ’s Big Chill.”
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Founder and President of High Impact Presentations, an international consultancy providing customized training solutions that result in measurable improvements in performance, productivity and talent retention, Sue Hershkowitz-Coore (SpeakerSue) is an award winning presenter and author. Sue’s books, Power Sales Writing (McGraw Hill) and How to Say it to Sell It! have earned five stars on Amazon.com, have been translated into multiple languages and have been named as Best Business Books through Sales Power magazine.
Within the past three years, Sue has presented her sales, communication and business building strategies in the USA, Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland and more. You’ll be impressed with her energy, on-trend, powerful content and practical, engaging delivery style.
Vice President of Insights, Strategy and InnovationRead Biography
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Senior Vice President, Marriott Select BrandsRead Biography
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Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology)Read Biography
Vice President, Consumer Insights Advisory - Global BrandsRead Biography
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