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Marriott International has appointed Satya Anand as president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division.
Anand was most recently the company’s chief operations officer, luxury & southern Europe and global design for EMEA. He replaces Liam Brown, who has been appointed group president, US & Canada for Marriott. Anand joined Marriott in 1988 as a night auditor at the Vienna Marriott Hotel.
“I am delighted that Satya has taken on this role to lead our business across Europe, Middle East and Africa at such a fundamental time for the hospitality industry,” said Craig S Smith, group president, international, Marriott International.
“As a 32-year Marriott veteran, Satya has a remarkable knowledge of the industry and our business, as well as outstanding relationships with associates, guests, owners and franchisees. His ability to engage and inspire will serve him well as he takes on this important position.”
The group, which recently announced a new Day Pass offering to encourage people who are working from home to seek out a different environment, has 998 hotels in the region. Anand will “spearhead Marriott International’s post-Covid-19 recovery approach across the region, working with his team to inspire travel again”.
Last week, it emerged that the group had been fined £18.4 million by the UK's infomation commissioner over a data privacy breach by Starwood in 2014, which Marriott acquired in 2016. The group said in a statement last week it does "not intend to appeal the decision, but makes no admission of liability in relation to the decision or the underlying allegations".