Marriott International Asia Pacific (APAC) announced that Simon F. Cooper, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the month and Craig S. Smith, currently President of Marriott International Caribbean & Latin America (CALA), succeeded Mr. Cooper on June 1, 2015.
Mr. Smith has previously worked in Hong Kong serving as Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International’s APAC region. At that time he was responsible for 150 hotels, which generated in excess of US$3.5 billion in revenue. Under his leadership, market share improved by over fifteen percent in just three years. Mr. Smith has also served as Area Vice President for South East Asia and Hong Kong/Macau, and was Area Vice President for India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Asia. A lot has changed since I moved from APAC to CALA and I’m excited to return to the region while it is going through this incredible expansion,” said Mr. Smith. “Asia Pacific is integral to Marriott International achieving its objective of becoming the world’s favorite travel company.”