Marriott Senior Management Shake-up


Marriott has announced that long-time senior executive Dave Grissen will step down from his position as group president, the Americas, towards the end of 2020 and retire from Marriott in the first quarter of 2021 after 36 years with the company.

Grissen leads all aspects of the company’s biggest region, the Americas, which generates over two-thirds of the company’s fee revenues. Under his leadership, Marriott’s Americas organisation has grown from 2,928 hotels to 5,640 properties today, with another 1,800 hotels in the pipeline.

Marriott also announced plans for the company’s lodging operations to be consolidated under two long-time Marriott leaders when Grissen steps down. Under this plan, Liam Brown will take on the role of group president, North America and Craig S. Smith will take on the role of group president & managing director, international.

In his new role, Smith will oversee all non-North American operations for Marriott including the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Caribbean & Latin America regions. Smith, a 32-year Marriott veteran, is currently group president & managing director, Asia Pacific.

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