Marriott is losing two of its top executives, not to the competition, but to the lure of retirement.
Bill Shaw, Marriott's Vice Chairman, will check out of the company on March 31, 2011. The 37-year Marriott veteran has held his current position since 2009. Over the years, Shaw has represented the company as its president and chief operating officer, chief financial officer and executive vice president, and senior vice president of finance, among other leadership roles.
Shaw is credited with helping the company evolve into a brand that now boasts more than 3,500 hotels and resorts in 70 countries. Among his crowning achievements, a passion for inclusion which opened the doors to a "significant increase in diversity" as noted in a company press release.
Marriott's executive vice president and the head of the brand's architecture division, Brad Bryan, is also departing the company. Bryan first joined Marriott in 1980 and has held his current position since 1996. He leaves on March 31 as well.
Bryan is noted for his role in bringing the company's 31-year-old headquarters up to LEED standards, among other accomplishments. Through his time with Marriott, Bryan has served as executive vice president and group president for the company's Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn brands.
Ronald T. Harrison will take over upon his departure. He currently serves as senior vice president of full service domestic design and project management for the brand. He also has held the position of president for Marriott's lodging operations in Canada, among his many roles with the company.