Arne Morris Sorenson was born October 13, 1958 in Tokyo,Japan.
Sorenson was a graduate of Luther College,BA Religion, and the University of Minnesota Law School.
He practised law in Washington, D.C. with Lathman and Watkins specializing in mergers and acquisitions litigation from 1992 to 1996.
Sorenson joined Marriott International Inc (the largest publicly traded hotel chain in the world) in 1996 as Senior VP of Business Development, and he became Executive VP and CFO in 1998, adding on the title of President of Continental European Lodging in 2003.
In 2009, he was named President and COO and in 2011, he was appointed to Marriott’s Board of Directors.
On March 31 2012,Sorenson became the head of Marriott, becoming the first person outside the Marriott family to lead the company.
In April 2019, Sorenson was named “CEO of the Year” for 2019 by Chief Executive magazine.
In March 2020, Sorenson was given the “CEO For All Leadership Award” for 2020 by Great Place to Work. That same month, he announced that he would forgo his salary for the remainder of 2020 to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on Marriott International.
Personal life and death
On May 3, 2019 Sorenson announced that he had a treatable form of stage two pancreatic cancer and was in treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sorenson had surgery in November, but continued to run the company. He completed radiation treatment and immunotherapy earlier that year and underwent another round of chemotherapy post surgery.
Marriott International announced in February 2021 that Sorenson would be temporarily reducing his schedule to undergo more demanding treatment and spend more time with family.
On February 15, 2021 he died “unexpectedly” according to Marriott International while he had been undergoing treatment.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Marie and four children.