Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR) reported today that its chairman and CEO, J.W. Marriott, Jr., has been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Urban League.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Marriott and we’re pleased to name Bill Marriott to our board,” says Hugh Price, president and CEO of the National Urban League. Mr. Marriott is among the most well-known and respected CEOs in the country and we’re delighted to have his contribution.”
Marriott has the largest number of African-Americans and other minorities in senior management positions in the hospitality industry. Through Urban League programs like BEEP, Black Executive Exchange Program, and the NULITES Youth Leadership Summit, Marriott and the Urban League are expanding their 15-year relationship to proactively seek new talent and identify opportunities for minority businesses within the lodging industry.
“Marriott has an ongoing commitment to diversity with a goal to set the industry standard,” Mr. Marriott said. “I look forward to my involvement with the National Urban League, which has long been among the most respected African-American organizations in the country.”
This year, Marriott was named to two of Fortune magazine’s top lists, “50 Best Companies For Minorities” and “100 Best Companies To Work For,” and ranked #1 for the third time on the NAACP’s annual lodging industry report card. Marriott was also awarded the 2002 Catalyst Award for the advancement of women in the workplace and was named by Latina Style as one of the “Best Places For Latinas To Work For in the United States.”