Marriott International has appointed Satya Anand as its President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a division that encompasses over 75 countries and territories.
Anand was most recently the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe and Global Design for EMEA. He will replace Liam Brown, who has been appointed Group President, U.S. & Canada for Marriott.
“I am delighted that Satya has taken on this role at such a fundamental time for the hospitality industry,” said Craig S. Smith, Group President International at Marriott International.
In his new appointment, Anand will spearhead Marriott International’s post-COVID-19 recovery approach across the region, working with his team to inspire travel again. Under his leadership, the region’s 998 hotels will deliver enhanced cleanliness and sanitization levels to ensure guests have total peace of mind when staying at a Marriott International property.
Additionally, he will drive the roll-out of a range of initiatives and campaigns designed to reinvigorate the hospitality industry.
“As a 32-year Marriott veteran, Satya has a remarkable knowledge of the industry and our business, as well as outstanding relationships with associates, guests, owners and franchisees. His ability to engage and inspire will serve him well as he takes on this important position,” Smith added.
Originally from India, Anand joined Marriott in 1988 as a night auditor at the Vienna Marriott Hotel. As he progressed in his career, he went on to hold a number of leadership positions at Marriott, including Area Vice President roles in Western and Central Europe, Chief Financial Officer for Europe and Board Member of the AC Hotels Joint Venture.
Educated primarily in Bangalore, India, Anand holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bangalore MES College of Commerce. In 1988, he completed his Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management at the International College of Tourism and Management in Semmering, Austria.