Executive Vice President & General Counsel Marriott International, Inc.
Edward A. “Ed” Ryan assumed the role of executive vice president and general counsel for Marriott International in 2006, and was a senior executive officer of the company. He retired in 2018.
Mr. Ryan 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, Mr. Ryan 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.
Mr. Ryan 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. Mr. Ryan has been a key contributor to Marriott’s global growth and is highly respected in the field for his industry leadership.