Arne Morris Sorenson aka Arne Sorenson was an American hotel executive born in Japan. He was Marriott International’s President and Chief Executive Officer. On March 31, 2012, Sorenson, a graduate of Luther College and the University of Minnesota Law School, became the head of Marriott. He was born on October 13, 1958, in Tokyo, Japan.
Prior to that, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. With Latham and Watkins, he was Wal-director Mart’s and served as Marriott’s Chief Operating Officer.
When Sorenson was studying at Luther College, he met his future wife,Ruth Christenson, and Christenson worked at her family’s ice cream shop in Decorah, Iowa.
In 1984, the couple married and went on to have 4 children.
Sorenson began his career in Washington, D.C. Latham & Watkins law firm, where he became a partner, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, is located. During this time, one of his clients was Marriott International, which he joined in 1996 as an associate general counsel.
Until becoming the president and chief executive officer in 2012, he went on to become a senior vice president concentrating on corporate growth, and then the chief financial officer. He was the first executive to lead the organization outside of the Marriott family.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of my good friend Arne Sorenson one of the world’s greatest CEOs, an authentic statesman & one of the nicest men have ever met. Arne always had a huge smile for me & the most inspiring words. May the One who brings Peace being Peace to All. pic.twitter.com/8bxJKbpyxO
Arne Sorenson will be greatly missed by all. We are honored to have had the privilege of working with Arne @PepsiCo, having seen first-hand Arne’s authenticity + genuine care for others and the world around him. Our sincerest condolences are with Arne’s family during this time. pic.twitter.com/RpSq9BuSac
Arne Sorenson was a true visionary who did tremendous things for Marriott and the State of Maryland. On behalf of all Marylanders, the First Lady and I extend our deepest condolences to the Sorenson family, and to the entire @Marriott organization. pic.twitter.com/MqNcXwnnBl