Marriott International has announced the appointment of Joanna Chugh as Area Vice President, UK, Ireland and Nordics.

Joanna will be responsible for Marriott International’s 60 managed hotels across the region, representing brands such as JW Marriott, W Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Residence Inn by Marriott and Autograph Collection.

In her new position, Joanna will work to drive the company’s continued recovery across the UK, Ireland and Nordics while growing its presence and supporting the company’s vision to become EMEA’s favourite travel company.

Prior to this role, Joanna was Vice President Finance Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for Marriott’s 1,000 hotels in the region. Joanna started in hospitality in 1992, working at various hotels in Europe, before joining Marriott in 1996, as the Rooms Service Manager at the London Marriott Marble Arch.

She rose through ranks taking on various operational and financial leadership positions across Marriott’s UK&I portfolio. In 2013, Joanna moved into a corporate role, initially taking on responsibility for finance for Western Europe before leading the finance operations team for the UKI, then Europe and finally EMEA.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Joanna will take up this new role," comments Gonzalo Aguilar, Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Marriott International. "With a career spanning several operational and financial leadership roles across multiple regions, she brings extensive hospitality experience, strong relationships with our ownership community, and comprehensive knowledge of hospitality.”