Marriott International announced that Robert J. McCarthy, chief operations officer of the company, will retire at the end of February 2014 after 38 years of service.
McCarthy began his career as a waiter in a Marriott restaurant outside Philadelphia while attending Villanova University. He was promoted into increasingly higher level positions, including senior vice president, Northeast Region; executive vice president, operations planning and support; president, North American lodging operations; and group president, The Americas and global lodging services. He was appointed to his current position in late 2011.
Arne Sorenson, Marriott International president and chief executive officer, said, “Throughout his career, Bob has been an admired business leader, sought-after mentor, and trusted colleague, both at Marriott and in the hospitality community. His extensive management experience, leadership and contributions to our business have been instrumental as we have innovated and grown.”
McCarthy said he is exploring other hospitality-related business opportunities, including hotel ownership.
“I am tremendously enthusiastic about our future as these talented executives assume their new responsibilities, building on Bob’s legacy. We all wish Bob and his family the very best,” said Sorenson.