Arne Sorenson

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Arne Morris Sorenson
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Tokyo, Japan
Alma mater Luther College
Occupation President and CEO, Marriott International
Weight 172 lb (78 kg)

Arne Morris Sorenson (born 1959) is an American hotel executive. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International.[1] A graduate of Luther College and the University of Minnesota Law School,[2][3] Sorenson became the head of the largest publicly traded hotel chain in the world on March 31, 2012.[4] He previously practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Latham and Watkins (specializing in mergers and acquisitions litigation[5]), has been a director for Wal-Mart,[6] and has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Marriott.[7]


Sorenson is the first person outside the Marriott family to lead the company.[8] Sorenson heads a company strained by the economic difficulties since 2007, and which is attempting to rebuild its revenue base.[9] On March 31, 2012, Sorenson became the President and CEO of Marriott International Inc. [10]

He began his term as CEO with a trip to Brazil to inspect Marriott facilities there.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sorenson is married, and has four children.

Sorenson is a registered Democrat,[12] and led his company into advocating for LGBT rights. In recent years, he announced that he formally opposed Indiana's proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act,[13] and became one of many CEOs to ask for a full repeal of North Carolina's House Bill 2.[14]


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  2. ^ Lebowitz Rossi, Holly (11 November 2014). "7 CEOs with notably devout religious beliefs". Fortune. Time. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Arne Sorenson ('83) Named New Marriott CEO". University of Minnesota. December 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Nadja Brandt (December 14, 2011). "Marriott's Arne Sorenson to Replace J.W. Marriott Jr. as CEO". Bloomberg Businessweek. 
  5. ^ "Arne Sorenson To Succeed Marriott Jr. As Marriott International CEO". RTTNews. December 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Arne Sorenson". Forbes. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Alexandra Berzon (December 14, 2011). "Marriott CEO to Step Down". The Wall Street Journal. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
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  12. ^ Rosenwald, Michael S. (2009-03-16). "Marriott's Family Guy". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  13. ^ Campaign, Human Rights. "Marriott CEO Calls Indiana's RFRA "Madness" and "Idiocy" | Human Rights Campaign". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  14. ^ "Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson blasts North Carolina over HB 2 - Gay Star News". Gay Star News. Retrieved 2016-04-24.