Marriott International Inc. brought in Tony Capuano as the new president and CEO, choosing a longtime veteran of the world’s largest hotel company to guide it through the industry’s most crippling time in memory.
Mr. Capuano, 55, has been with the company for 25 years and most recently was Group President responsible for leading Marriott’s global development, design efforts and operations.
He takes the top spot after the passing of former CEO and chairman Arne Sorenson last week. Mr. Sorenson was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer in 2019. Stephanie Linnartz, 52, president of the Marriott group overseeing consumer operations, technology and emerging businesses, is the new president of the company.
Running Marriott, a global accommodation giant with 1.4 million rooms, Mr. Capuano takes on one of the toughest jobs of any American business.
The hotel industry is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused travel to dry up around the world, led to hotel closures in cities across the United States, and forced cycles of layoffs and holidays in the whole area. Mr Capuano is also replacing a beloved CEO who has been keen to connect with everyone from company group leaders to housekeepers.