Early Briefing: Marriott's Arne Sorenson

Arne Sorenson tells reporter Michael Rosenwald that 11 years ago, Bill Marriott took his first bet on him, making Sorenson the chief financial officer of the hotel chain. Last week, Sorenson was promoted to president and chief operating officer, and analysts see that as Marriott's next big bet. Even though Sorenson does not have the family name, he may be in line to succeed Bill Marriott as chief executive, they say.

In this week's Value Added column, Tom Heath profiles Scott Beale and his Atlas Corps, which lures highly-skilled non-profit decision-makers from India and Colombia to the United States for a year, running Sept. 1 to Aug. 30. He uses his networks, both online and in person, and focuses on online prizes to help raise money.

The Employee Free Choice Act, designed to make it easier for unions to organize, has a better chance of passage this year than previous years, and the Northern Virginia tech community is talking about it, Kim Hart reports in her Download column. The Northern Virginia Technology Council is actively lobbying against the bill, which executives say could affect their ability to stay competitive.

By Terri Rupar  |  March 16, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Marriott International Corp. , Morning Brief
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