It was tough not to be surprised by the news of Arne Sorenson’s death. From Marriott employees to the CEOs of many of the world’s largest companies, word of his passing after a long fight with pancreatic cancer stunned anyone who knew him or was connected to him.
Sure, pancreatic cancer had taken plenty of well-known leaders, people like Steve Jobs and Ruth Bader Ginsberg (not to mention Aretha Franklin, Patrick Swayze and Michael Landon). Hardly anyone beats this most terrible of cancers.
Yet somehow, we figured it wouldn’t happen to Arne. Some national experts familiar with his case evaluated his
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