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Ronald T. Harrison Appointed President of Marriott Lodging Canada and Senior Vice President of Marriott International


TORONTO, ON—July 26, 2005—Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald T. Harrison as president of Marriott Lodging Canada and senior vice president of Marriott International.

In his new role, Mr. Harrison is responsible for lodging operations for all Marriot hotels and resorts in Canada. With 45 hotels in Canada, generating $400 million in revenue per year, Mr. Harrison projects the brand will grow to more than 70 properties over the next several years. 

Mr. Harrison has been with Marriott International for over 23 years working in sales, marketing and operations positions at resorts and convention hotels across the United States, which led to the position of resident manager at the Anaheim Marriott. Subsequently, Mr. Harrison was assigned the position of general manager of the Irvine Marriott and, as a result of his record of success, was then transferred overseas to take over as the general manager of the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.

Most recently, Mr. Harrison operated as the key leader in the Renaissance brand in the position of market vice president-east, maintaining responsibility for over 30 full-service hotels and resorts.  Mr. Harrison has also worked at Marriott corporate head office in Washington, D.C. as the vice president in the Financial Planning & Analysis division.   As vice president of worldwide reservations, Mr. Harrison was instrumental in bringing the first Marriott Area Reservations Sales Office to Canada in Fredericton, NB. 

“Marriott is known in the industry as a hospitality leader and most often preferred by customers on a world-wide scale.  I am proud to be leading the Canadian team into a new era, making guest satisfaction and brand growth my priority,” said Mr. Harrison.  “I look forward to continuing the great work of my predecessors, Alain Piallat and Simon Cooper, and maintaining a level of excellence our guests and staff have come to expect. I am excited to lead the Marriott Hotels of Canada to an exciting and successful new chapter.”

“Ron’s depth and breadth of experience in the lodging industry and within the Marriott brand makes him the perfect choice to lead the Canadian team. Ron is sure to provide excellence in all aspects in his new role and take Canada to the next level,” said Scott Allison, vice president of sales and marketing, Marriott Lodging Canada.

Mr. Harrison earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bringham Young University and a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis on finance, from the University of Washington.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories.  Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C.  It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune® magazine.  In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. 


Also See: Alain Piallat Named President of Marriott Lodging of Canada / Feb 2001
Simon Cooper, a 30-year Veteran Hotelier, Named President and COO of Ritz-Carlton / Jan 2001 

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