Simon Cooper Named President And Chief Operating Officer of Ritz-Carlton

Horst Schulze, 17-Year Ritz-Carlton Leader, Becomes Vice Chairman

Jan 22, 2001, 00:00 ET from Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

    ATLANTA, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Simon Cooper, a 30-year veteran hotelier,
 has been named president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
 Company, L.L.C.  Cooper is currently president, Marriott Lodging Canada, and
 for 10 years was president and chief operating officer of the Canadian Quality
 Award-winning Delta Hotels & Resorts.  He assumes his new position at Ritz-
 Carlton, the luxury hospitality subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.
 (NYSE:   MAR), on February 19.
     Cooper succeeds Horst Schulze, who will retire from operational management
 responsibilities at Ritz-Carlton and become vice-chairman, playing a key role
 in global development, owner relations and brand strategy.
     William R. Tiefel, chairman of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and vice
 chairman of Marriott International, Inc., said, "I am extremely pleased that
 Simon Cooper, a premier hotelier, will bring his own strong leadership and
 distinctive style to our world-class luxury hotel brand."
     Continued Tiefel, "Simon's extensive hospitality background, from his
 superb work for Marriott in Canada to top management of prestige hotel groups
 in the U.S., Canada, Israel and elsewhere in the world, positions him
 exceedingly well to succeed Horst Schulze in building on his legacy of Ritz-
 Carlton culture and service, and its outstanding success."
     Since joining Marriott International in 1998, Cooper has overseen all of
 the company's existing hotel brands in Canada, with the New England region
 being added to his responsibilities in 2000.  He has been instrumental in
 fulfilling the company's goal of rapid Canadian hotel development; in the past
 three years, Marriott International-branded hotels have increased from seven
 to more than 30.
     In his Marriott role in Canada, Cooper was committed to promoting Canadian
 tourism. He was one of the main forces behind the creation of the Canadian
 Tourism Commission, where he has served on the board and as chairman of the
 Commission's committee on infrastructure development.
     Earlier in his career, Cooper was executive vice president of Omni Hotels
 (USA) and was managing director of Dan Hotels, Israel's largest luxury hotel
 chain. In addition, he also served as senior vice president of operations for
 Delta Hotels & Resorts, beginning his career with Canadian Pacific Hotels &
     Cooper is chairman of the Board of Governors for the University of Guelph
 in Ontario, Canada, and is a senior member of The Conference Board (USA) and a
 member of the Conference Board of Canada's National Council of Leadership.
 Born and educated in Britain, Cooper received an MBA from the University of
     The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company currently manages 38 hotels and resorts
 throughout the world, and is the only service company to twice win the United
 States Department of Commerce's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which
 recognizes corporate excellence.   For information or reservations, please
 call 1-800-241-3333, or a travel professional.

SOURCE Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.