WASHINGTON – Former Governor Mitt Romney resigned today from the board of directors of Marriott International, potentially another sign of his preparations for another presidential run.
Romney, who served on Marriott’s board for 10 years before resigning to run for governor in 2002, rejoined the board in January 2009.
It is the only corporate board Romney sits on, according to adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.
“He felt he no longer has the time to devote to the position,” he said.
"I have deep gratitude and tremendous admiration for both Mitt Romney and Bill Shaw,” J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer, said this afternoon in a statement, referencing another member who is resigning from the board. “Both have served our company at the highest level through their board membership and their contributions have been invaluable. The company's management and the entire board wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
Romney’s father, George, was a close friend of the hotel chain’s founder, J. Willard Marriott. Romney’s first name, Willard, was in honor of the of the hotel magnate.
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