Edwin D. Fuller Named 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient at IHIF Forum

Edwin D. Fuller, president and managing director-international lodging at Marriott International Inc., has been named the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) at the Hotel Intercontinental in Berlin, Germany. The IHIF will take place March 5-7, 2012.

Fuller has led Marriott’s growth outside the continental United States from 16 hotels to more than 550 hotels today in more than 70 countries. Approximately 175 additional hotels are currently under development outside the United States. Fuller joined Marriott in 1972 as a management trainee and in 1985 he was named regional vice president for the Midwest. Four years later, he was appointed regional vice president for the Western/Pacific Region, based in Santa Ana, Calif. He assumed leadership of Marriott’s International Lodging operations in 1991 as senior vice president and managing director and was promoted to his current position in 1997. He has been an executive corporate officer since 1997 and chairs the International Development committee.

Earlier in his career, Fuller was credited with establishing Marriott International’s original international reservations network, The Marquis Club, and its sales and marketing organization in Europe and the Middle East. He served as a board member and chairman of SNR International, a reservations consortium based in Zurich.

“Ed has had an important role in Marriott’s international growth over the years, and has played an integral role in guiding Marriott’s operations through difficult times in areas of significant regional turbulence, such as the Middle East and Africa,” said Marilyn McHugh, director of global hospitality events, a part of the Questex Hospitality Group and co-organizer of IHIF. “We are proud to recognize his achievements and his phenomenal success at IHIF 2012.”

“Ed is a true leader for the industry and his book ‘You can’t Lead with your Feet on the Desk’ is another perfect example of how he sets the standard for the rest of us to follow,” said Jonathan Worsley, chairman and CEO of Bench Events, co-organiser of IHIF. “He is a true inspiration to us all and we are in awe of the many legendary accomplishments he has made both within Marriott and the industry at large. We congratulate him on celebrating 39 years with Marriott and we are honored to have him join the elite list of Lifetime Achievement award winners.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is selected by a committee comprised of the IHIF’s Patrons, Sponsors, Hosts, and Organizers.

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