Marriott International’s Board of Directors has announced that Anthony Capuano and Stephanie Linnartz have been appointed CEO and president respectively, effective immediately.
Their appointments follow the unexpected passing of Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson on February 15, 2021.
Prior to this appointment, Capuano was group president, global development, design and operations services. In this role, he was responsible for leading global development and design efforts and overseeing the company’s Global Operations discipline.
Capuano began his Marriott career in 1995 as part of the market planning and feasibility team. Between 1997 and 2005, he led Marriott’s full-service development efforts in the Western US & Canada. From 2005 to 2008, Capuano served as senior vice president of full-service development for North America. In 2008, his responsibilities expanded to include all of US & Canada and the Caribbean and Latin America, and he became executive vice president and global chief development officer in 2009.
Capuano began his professional career in Laventhol and Horwath’s Boston-based Leisure Time Advisory Group. He then joined Kenneth Leventhal and Company’s hospitality consulting group in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Industry Real Estate Financial Advisory Council.
As president, Linnartz will be responsible for developing and executing all aspects of the company’s global consumer strategy, including brand, marketing, sales, revenue management, customer engagement, digital, information technology, emerging businesses and loyalty strategies. In addition, Linnartz will oversee Marriott’s global development organisation, which is responsible for the strategic growth of the company’s 30 lodging brands, as well as the global design and operations services functions.
Prior to this appointment, Linnartz was group president, consumer operations, technology and emerging businesses, where she was responsible for brand, marketing, sales, revenue management, customer engagement, digital, information technology, emerging businesses and loyalty strategies. Linnartz played a pivotal role during Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing the integration of business-critical systems including reservations, property management, revenue management and loyalty.
Linnartz, who began her Marriott career in 1997, served as global chief commercial officer from 2013 to 2019; global officer, sales and revenue management from 2009 to 2013; senior vice president, global sales from 2008 to 2009; senior vice president, sales and marketing planning and support from 2005 to 2008; and prior to that, various roles in Marriott’s finance and business development department.