BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has named Brian King Global Officer, Marriott Signature Brands & Global Sales. In his new role, King will be responsible for leading the Marriott Signature Brands and brand marketing teams, as well as leading the Global Sales Organization. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140814/136258 "There is no executive better suited for this role," said Stephanie Linnartz, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Commercial officer, Marriott International. "Brian's experience and expertise along with his passion for brands, sales and customer engagement make him the ideal candidate to lead our Marriott Signature bands and the Global Sales Organization." During his 23 years with Marriott International, King has held multiple leadership roles spanning brand management, revenue management, reservations, regional operations and sales including his last role as Senior Vice President, Brand Management & Portfolio Programs for Marriott. "I am thrilled to enter this next chapter in my Marriott career," said King. "Along with the most powerful portfolio of lodging brands in the industry, we also have incredible relationships with our customers around the globe. It is an exciting time in the travel industry, with a record number of travelers seeking new and exciting destinations. The combination of Marriott's vast brand offerings and sophisticated, customer centric network of Global Sales Offices, provide today's travel professionals distinct lodging choices and ease of booking." King's new role will encompass brand positioning, long-range strategic brand planning and product development globally for Marriott's Signature Brands including Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments and TownePlace Suites. In addition, he will lead the Global Sales Organization helping shape its customer reach and effectiveness as Marriott continues its rapid global expansion. Located in over 60 countries, the global sales team of 400 dedicated account executives, manage customer relationships that generate in excess of $10B in system-wide sales to Marriott's brands. King was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement from his alma mater, Cardinal Stritch University.