Debbie Marriott Harrison is Marriott International’s Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Councils. In this role, which she has held since October 2013, Ms. Harrison oversees the strategy for the company’s 100 Worldwide Business Councils and works with Marriott associates, owners and franchisees to promote and protect Marriott’s culture and legacy – one of the company’s key competitive advantages. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Marriott International and serves on the board of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.
Ms. Harrison, an honors graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in History, has held several positions within the company since 1975, including accounting positions at corporate headquarters and operations positions at the Key Bridge and Dallas Marriott hotels. More recently, Ms. Harrison served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs from June 2007 through October 2013 and as Vice President of Government Affairs from May 2006 to June 2007. She also has served on the board of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp.
An active member of the community, Ms. Harrison serves on the Board of Directors of the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, and the boards of the Bullis School and the D.C. College Access Program. She was actively involved in the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council for the District of Columbia, and has served on the boards of several mental health organizations, including The National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Board, Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, and the Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health in association with Columbia University.
As the daughter of the Executive Chairman and the granddaughter of Marriott International’s founders, Ms. Harrison’s leadership includes an extensive knowledge of the company, its history, its culture and its mission. Ms. Harrison’s enthusiasm, judgment and deep experience with the company and its culture provides valuable insight and strategic focus.