Ed Fuller of Marriott International will retire from the company March 31, 2012.
Fuller, as president and managing director of International Lodging, led Marriott's growth outside the continental United States from 16 hotels to more than 550 today in more than 70 countries. Approximately 175 additional hotels are currently under development outside the US.
Upon retirement, Fuller plans to serve as an adjunct professor at the Paul Merage Graduate School of Business at the University of California Irvine and visiting professor at Boston University. He will also be president of Laguna Strategic Advisors, in addition to his continued work with business and charity boards.
Fuller joined the company in 1972, first appointed chief sales and marketing officer for Marriott Hotels in 1977. He also served as general manager of key hotels in the Northeast US and as regional vice president in the US. He assumed leadership of Marriott's international lodging operations in 1991 as senior vice president and managing director, was promoted to executive vice president, and was named president and managing director in 1997.
Fuller graduated in 1968 from Boston University, having also attended Wake Forest University. He also completed the Harvard Graduate School of Business Advanced Management Program, and served as a captain in the US Army in Germany and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.
In 2010, Fuller was named a Commissioner of Travel and Tourism for the State of California and, earlier this year, was named Emeritus Member of the Travel Industry and Tourism Management School Advisory Board at the University of Hawaii.