US-ASEAN Business Council Welcomes Marriott’s Craig S. Smith as New Chairman of the Board of Directors

(Washington, DC) The US-ASEAN Business Council is pleased to announce the election of Craig S. Smith, Group President, International for Marriott International, Inc., as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as Chairman, Mr. Smith will oversee the efforts of offices across eight countries, as the US-ABC – the only U.S. organization written into the ASEAN Charter – works to build trade and investment opportunities in the economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the nearly 170 member companies of the Council.

“We are thrilled to have Craig Smith as the new Chairman of our Board,” said Alexander C. Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “His extensive experience advocating for industry in high-level global forums, expansive business career and deep knowledge of our own organization after previously serving as a Director on our Board will be an indispensable resource for our members, stakeholders and staff as the Council continues to grow and expand.”

Upon taking the reins as Chairman, Mr. Smith said, “I am honored to serve ASEAN and look forward to helping advance the US-ASEAN Business Council’s noble goals of cooperatively promoting economic growth and stability in a diverse and dynamic region poised to increasingly contribute to global sustainability, resilience and prosperity.”

In his current role, Mr. Smith oversees global operations and development for the International Division of one of the world’s largest hospitality companies with responsibility for 2,300 hotels spanning more than 130 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Mr. Smith began his multiple-decade Marriott career in hotel operations and went on to become a five-time hotel General Manager. This global, on-property experience continues to impact and inform his approach to managing a workforce comprised of hundreds of thousands of associates serving guests around the world across 30 iconic brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels Worldwide.

Prior to his current position, he served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer for the fast-growing Asia Pacific market and President of the Caribbean and Latin American region.

The son of an American diplomat and father of five, Craig has lived in 13 countries and has a deep appreciation for cultural differences across generations and geographies. He is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Portuguese and known for his greetings in dozens of different languages.

A strong advocate for the industry, Mr. Smith is a frequent contributor to G20 public-private sector travel and tourism initiatives. He is also a sought-after speaker and media source on the state of global travel and tourism and its geopolitical and economic impact.

Craig is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He has multiple executive business degrees from institutions including the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and is a Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program alumnus.


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Since 1984, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership of nearly 170 companies generates almost US$7 trillion in revenue and employs more than 14.5 million people.  Today our members include the largest U.S. companies conducting business in ASEAN and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for more than 100 years. The Council has nine offices around the globe, in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; and Yangon, Myanmar.