Marriott International president and chief executive Arne Sorenson is battling stage two pancreatic cancer, he has revealed to colleagues.
The company confirmed that Sorenson, 60, received the diagnosis from a medical team at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, USA, after a series of tests.
However, he plans to remain in his role while he undergoes treatment.
In a message to Marriott International colleagues, Sorenson said: “The cancer was discovered early. It does not appear to have spread and the medical team – and I – are confident that we can realistically aim for a complete cure. In the meantime, I intend to continue working at the company I love. Let me make one request, look ahead with me. We have great work underway at Marriott. I am as excited by what we can accomplish together as I have ever been.”
Sorenson’s treatment plan will begin with chemotherapy, while his doctors anticipate surgery near the end of the year.
He has worked at Marriott International since 1996, having joined from law firm Latham & Wilkins where he was a partner for 12 years. In April 2012, he became president and CEO of the company, which has more than 7,000 properties in 30 brands across 130 countries.