Washington Life Magazine - May 2019

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, the Maryland-based, family owned hotel chain also unwittingly bought one of the largest computer hacking thefts in history. Starting in 2014, thieves had breached the Starwood reservation system and stolen guests’ personal data. The thefts went on well after Marriott bought the chain, and by the time it was discovered in 2018, the number of guests affected had reached 500 million. This was Arne Sorenson’s biggest challenge since he took over leadership of the hotel chain (in 2012) from Bill Marriott, who had run it for 44 years.

J. Stephen Jones

President and CEO, Inova Health System In March 2018, Jones, a urology specialist, succeeded Knox Singleton, who had expanded the Falls Church health system of five hospitals to a still-growing network of healthe facilities that serves some two million patients annually, and has 17,500 employees. By December, Jones, formerly president of the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, had revised the original expansion plans that included what had earlier been called “a near mini-city” with a mall and residential areas to focus instead on advancing Inova’s existing medical and research plans. The state-of-the-art Inova Schar Cancer Center is expected to open later this year. Then, in 2020, the Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute housing research collaboration with the University of Virginia, and George Mason University, will be fully functioning.

health Kenneth Samet President & CEO, MedStar Health Samet became CEO of MedStar, the largest healthe provider in the Maryland and Washington area, in 2008. He was named chief operating officer ten years earlier when the hospital complex was founded, and president in 2003. In 2009, Samet


launched the first of MedStar’s outpatient e facilities in prime urban locations near shopping centers to operate in conjunction with the company’s 10 hospitals. To date, there are 250 such centers and in 2017, the network had treated 4.6 million outpatients and had a revenue of $4.6 billion.

Chris Nassetta President & CEO, Hilton Hotels & Resorts Nassetta, who took over as CEO of the then-struggling hotel chain in 2007 is credited for turning Hilton into one of America’s most successful hospitality firms, putting it on the Fortune 500 list and helping it earn $769 million in net income in 2018. Hilton, which boasts over 5,000 properities in more than 100 countries, is committed to cutting its environmental footprint in half and doubling social impact investment by 2030.

social entrepreneurs Sach iko Ku no an d K ate Goodall Chair, Halcyon; CEO, Halcyon

HOSPITALITY J.W. Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson Executive Chairman of the Board, Marriott International; CEO, Marriott International

When Marriott International acquired

Kuno is the founder of the non-profit i n cu b ato r fo r s o ci a l i m p a c t entrepreneurs who get five months accommodations, a stipend and free expert advice in an 18th century Georgetown mansion. Her cofounder, Goodall, who trained as an underwater archeologist, runs both


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