Marriott International, Inc.
) recently appointed Deborah Marriott Harrison as the Director of
the company. She will hold the position for the term ending at the
company's 2015 annual meeting of shareholders. Harrison will
replace John W. Marriott III, her brother, who held the position
for the last 12 years. He resigned on Jun 16 to give time to his
other business interests and family matters.
Harrison has held a number of positions in the company. She was the
head of Marriott's government affairs group from 2006 to 2013 and
was thereafter appointed to the position of Global Officer in
Marriott Culture and Business Councils. As a global officer, she
was responsible for supervising the company's 76 worldwide business
councils and protecting Marriott's culture and legacy.
Through 2011 to 2013, she also served as the director of
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
), a business which was spun off from Marriott International in
2011. Harrison is also the board member of various non-profit
organizations run by the company.
Marriott International Inc. is a leading worldwide hospitality
company, focusing on lodging management and franchising. Over the
past 20 years, the company has scaled up its number of brands from
5 to 20. Moreover, currently it has 800 franchisees operating in 78
countries and has 200,000 rooms compared to 100 franchisees, 21
countries and 30,000 rooms 20 years ago. Also, its worldwide
presence has increased tremendously over the same period.
Given its property locations and strong brand recognition, the
company is well positioned to benefit from higher market demand on
the back of stepped-up business traveling in major North American
and international locations. We believe that Harrison's experience
and capability would further help this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company
to enhance its portfolio.
Other Stocks to Consider
Better-ranked stocks in the hotel industry include
Wyndham Worldwide Corp.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
). Both these stocks have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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