Marriott International’s board of directors has elected David Marriott, president, U.S. full service Managed by Marriott, and Horacio Rozanski, president/CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., as directors of the company, effective March 15. Marriott and Rozanski will also be included in the company’s slate of nominees for election at the company’s upcoming 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.
The elections of David Marriott and Rozanski expand the board membership to 13, nine of whom are independent. Last May, the company announced that, in consultation with its board of directors, Bill Marriott—who is currently serving as executive chairman and chairman of the board—plans to transition to the role of chairman emeritus in 2022. With David Marriott joining the board of directors and in anticipation of him eventually assuming the position of chairman of the board in 2022, he will be formally stepping down from his role as president, U.S. full service Managed by Marriott, effective at the end of April.
“We are pleased to welcome David and Horacio to the board of directors,” said Chairman Bill Marriott. “They both bring decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge in key areas that will be a tremendous resource for the company as we focus on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
David Marriott joined Marriott International in 1999 and has held a number of operational roles during his tenure with the company. In his current role, he is responsible for oversight of more than 330 hotels operating under 14 brands in 34 states and French Polynesia. In this capacity, he oversees hotel operations, human resources, sales & marketing, finance, market strategy, information resources and development & feasibility. Previously, he served as COO—The Americas Eastern region from 2010 to 2018, where he was responsible for hotel operations in 23 states. During this time, he also oversaw the U.S. integration efforts of Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Prior positions at the company include market VP, where he was responsible for hotel operations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore, and SVP of global sales, where he helped lead a comprehensive transformation of Marriott’s U.S. sales organization.
“Like me, David grew up in the hospitality business,” said Bill Marriott. “While having Marriott as his last name opened the first door for him, he has proven throughout his 21 years with the company that he is a disciplined operator, a thoughtful collaborator with our owners and franchisees, and a passionate steward of our culture. The Board will benefit from his experience and insights.”
As CEO at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Rozanski has overseen a strategic transformation of the firm, a leader in integrating advanced technology to solve the most complex problems facing government clients and Fortune 500 corporations, through investments in innovation and highly skilled talent. He played a central role in the 2008 separation of the firm’s core government and commercial businesses into two distinct companies, Booz Allen Hamilton’s 2010 initial public offering and its 2011 expansion into international and commercial markets. He developed and has led the execution of a corporate strategy that has sustained the firm’s role as an industry leader over the last decade. He joined Booz Allen in 1992 as a consultant to commercial clients, was elected VP in 1999, and served as chief personnel officer, chief strategy and talent officer and president/COO before becoming CEO.
“Horacio’s established track record in innovation, technology, talent management and international expansion makes him a terrific addition to our board,” said Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International. “His perspective and experience will be invaluable to the company as we continue to grow our global footprint, advance our technology transformation and realize the opportunity in emerging businesses. We look forward to his guidance and counsel as an independent director of the company.”