Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says he is feeling good, going to work and doing his best as he fights pancreatic cancer.

“I’m working every day, feel great and am optimistic about it,” Sorenson, 60, told the crowd at the 41st annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York.

Sorenson said he appreciates the outpouring of support from Marriott staff and the greater hotel industry.

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson speaks on June 3, 2019 at the 41st annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson speaks on June 3, 2019 at the 41st annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York.

Sorenson was diagnosed on May 1 with stage 2 pancreatic cancer. He has been treated since by a team Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The Marriott CEO told the crowd that he plans to start his third round of chemotherapy on Tuesday June 4 at Johns Hopkins.

Sorenson has been the CEO of Marriott since 2012 and is the only person outside the Marriott family to lead the company. He plans on remaining CEO while undergoing treatment. Besides chemotherapy, his doctors are expecting surgery by the end of 2019, according to a statement by the company in May announcing the cancer.

Everyone at TPG wishes him a swift, successful treatment and a healthy recovery.

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