Edward A. “Ed” Ryan served as executive vice president and general counsel for Marriott International from 2006 until November 2017, where he was a senior executive officer of the company. Currently, he is a senior advisor to Marriott president and CEO Arne Sorenson.
Ed joined Marriott in 1996 and, prior to being appointed general counsel, held several positions in the Marriott law department, including development, asset management, operations, franchising, and corporate transactions. Prior to joining Marriott, Ed engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C., first with the firm of Crowell & Moring from 1978 to 1984, and then with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) from 1984 to 1996, where he was made partner in 1989.
Ed is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his A.B. summa cum laude in 1975 and his J.D. cum laude in 1978. While attending law school, he was associate editor of the Law Review. Ed was a key contributor to Marriott’s global growth, and helped lead the organization through the 2016 merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He is highly respected in the field for his industry leadership.