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McCarthy heads Marriott U.S

Marriott International is taking on Robert J. McCarthy as President, North American Lodging Operations.Marriott’s near 2,300-property North American hotel division reported sales of more than $6 billion in 2004.

In his expanded role, McCarthy will become a member of the company’s
Corporate Growth Committee and will chair a newly-created North American
Lodging Leadership Council.  He is also responsible for operations planning
and support systemwide and will continue to oversee North American lodging
operations. The North American Lodging Leadership Council will focus on
implementing business strategies and optimizing collaboration across all
functions, and will include senior executives representing a range of key
  “Bob is one of our great leaders,” said William J. Shaw, president and
chief operating officer, Marriott International, Inc. “He has made tremendous
business contributions, has an extensive knowledge of the industry, and has
served as an invaluable mentor to associates over the years.  We look forward
to his continued leadership.”
  McCarthy, who began his 30-year Marriott career as a waiter in a Marriott
restaurant while attending college, was executive vice president, North
American Lodging Operations prior to his appointment.  Previously, he was
executive vice president of Operations, Planning and Support, regional senior
vice president of the Northeast and vice president of operations for Courtyard
and Fairfield Inn. McCarthy currently chairs the North American Hotel
Development Committee.
  McCarthy holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in Villanova,
Pa., and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of
Business at the University of Pennsylvania.