Rom­ney will re­join Mar­riott’s board

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

NEW YORK — Former pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney is re­join­ing Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s board of direc­tors.

He’s held the post with the ho­tel chain twice be­fore. The first time was from 1993 to 2002, when he left to cam­paign for gov­er­nor of Mas­sachusetts, and from 2009 to 2011, when he left to start his cam­paign for the pres­i­dency.

It’s the first job an­nounce­ment Rom­ney has made since he lost the Novem­ber elec­tion to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. Rom­ney has kept a low pro­file since the elec­tion. He’s spent the past month largely in seclu­sion at his fam­ily’s Cal­i­for­nia home.

Rom­ney has been con­nected to the Mar­riott dy­nasty all of his life. He was named af­ter J.W. Mar­riott. Rom­ney’s full name is Wil­lard Mitt Rom­ney and Mar­riott’s was John Wil­lard Mar­riott. Mar­riott, who founded the com­pany in 1927, was close friends with Rom­ney’s fa­ther.

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