In Memoriam – Arne Sorenson (Hon)

The Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) mourns the loss of Arne Sorenson (Hon), the late President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc.  In 2018, Mr. Sorenson was elected to be an honorary lifetime member of CHS after receiving the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration 2018 Cornell Hospitality Icon of the Industry Award.

During his tenure Mr. Sorenson supported the continued recruitment, and development, of many Hotelies within the Marriott organization.  In January of 2017, Mr. Sorenson hosted members of the Hotel School faculty at Marriott headquarters and shared his thoughts on the hospitality industry.


Below, Mr. Sorenson receives his Honorary Lifetime CHS Membership from Dean Kate Walsh, Bill Minnock ’79, Cheryl Boyer ’87, and Dexter Wood ’87.


CHS Honors Icon and Innovator Award Winners

The Tenth annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards banquet was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. This year’s Icon Award winner was Arne Sorenson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International.  Hotelie Tim Hentschel ’01, Co-Founder and CEO of Hotel Planner, was honored with the Innovator Award.

The Executive Board of CHS presented each award winner with a plate signifying their conferment as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Cornell Hotel Society.

Icon award winner Arne Sorenson – Marriott International

Innovator award winner Tim Hentschel ’01 – Hotel Planner