Fuller, who has announced his retirement from Marriott
International in March 2012, led Marriott's growth outside the
continental United States from 16 hotels to more than 550 hotels today
in more than 70 countries.
"Ed is a true leader for the industry and his book 'You can't
Lead with your Feet on the Desk' is another perfect example of how he
sets the standard for the rest of us to follow," stated Jonathan
Worsley, Chairman and CEO of Bench Events, co-organizer of IHIF. "He is
a true inspiration to us all and we are in awe of the many legendary
accomplishments he has made both within Marriott and the industry at
large. We congratulate him on celebrating 39 years with Marriott, and
we are honored to have him join the elite list of Lifetime Achievement
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is selected by a
committee comprised of the IHIF's Patrons, Sponsors, Hosts, and
Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners, in no particular order, include: Isadore Sharpe, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; Lord Forte, Forte Hotels; Gabriel Escarrer, Sol Melia; Paul Dubrule & Gerard Pellison, Accor; Georg Rafael, Rafael Hotels; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson; PRS Oberoi, Oberoi Hotels; Kurt Ritter, Rezidor; Jim Sherwood, Orient-Express; Sir David Michels, Hilton International, Michael Hirst OBE, CB Richard Ellis Hotels and Alan Parker CBE, Chief Executive of Whitbread plc.