by Michael J. Shapiro | January 12, 2016

Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson was interviewed onstage by CNN contributor and speaker Mel Robbins for the opening session at the Professional Conference Management Association's Convening Leaders conference Monday in Vancouver, Canada. The two discussed Sorenson's early years growing up in Japan, as well as his history with Marriott and some plans for the pending acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. After the session, Sorenson chatted with M&C about how the merger might affect competition and negotiations with meeting planners, as well as some technology advantages that could result.