Marriott International confirmed Friday that 60-year-old CEO Arne Sorenson was diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer earlier this week. The diagnosis was confirmed following a series of tests administered by Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The hotel giant says Sorenson will remain in his role while undergoing treatment.
“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," Sorenson said in a statement. "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 joined Marriott in 1996 and became CEO in 2012. He aided in Marriott's acquisition of Starwood Hotels in 2016.
Marriott says Sorenson will begin chemotherapy treatment next week, with surgery anticipated by year's end.