Arne Sorenson was a Japanese-born American hotel executive. He was the president and CEO of the Marriott International hotel chain.

Sorenson was born on October 13, 1958, in Tokyo, Japan. He died “unexpectedly” on February 16, 2021, the company announced in a news release.


He was 62 years old.

Arne Sorenson Cause oF Death

It is with profound sadness that Marriott International announces that Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, unexpectedly passed away on February 15, 2021,” the company wrote in the news release.

“In May 2019, the company announced that Mr. Sorenson had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On February 2, 2021, Marriott shared the news that Mr Sorenson would temporarily reduce his schedule to facilitate more demanding treatment for pancreatic cancer.”

In May, the company revealed, “Arne Sorenson was diagnosed on Wednesday with stage 2 pancreatic cancer.

Sorenson received the diagnosis from a medical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a series of tests. Sorenson will remain in his role while undergoing treatment.”

At that time, Sorenson sounded optimistic, saying, “Cancer discovered early.

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It does not appear to have spread and the medical team – and I – are confident that we can realistically aim for a complete cure.

In the meantime, I intend to continue working at the company I love. Let me make one request, look ahead with me.

We have great work underway at Marriott. I am as excited by what we can accomplish together as I have ever been.”


Sorenson was the first Marriott CEO to not have the last name, Marriott.

“Mr Sorenson became the third CEO in Marriott’s history in 2012 and the first without the Marriott surname.

During his tenure as CEO, Mr Sorenson was tireless in driving the company’s progress, creating opportunities for associates, growth for owners and franchisees and results for the company’s shareholders.

Known for his leadership on difficult national and global issues, Mr Sorenson steered Marriott to make significant progress on diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability and human trafficking awareness.”


The chairman of the board remembered Sorenson as an “exceptional human being.”

“Arne was an exceptional executive – but more than that – he was an exceptional human being,” said J.W. Marriott, Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, in the company news release.

“Arne loved every aspect of this business and relished time spent touring our hotels and meeting associates around the world.

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