WASHINGTON , D.C.—Marriott International, which manages nearly 2,800 hotels and other properties around the world, has named Kathleen Matthews, award-winning news anchor, reporter and producer of ABC News 7 in Washington, D.C., as executive vice president for global communications and public affairs. She succeeds Charlotte Sterling, who will retire at year-end, and will report to J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer.
Matthews has anchored the evening news at ABC-7 for 15 years. She is also co-host of Capital Sunday, a high profile half-hour show focusing on current events in the nation’s capital. For five years, Matthews was host and executive editor of Working Woman, an internationally syndicated magazine talk show, seen in 75 markets in the U.S.
According to Marriott, Matthews “brings a unique, impressive and deep expertise to our company as an award-winning, respected and highly visible journalist. Importantly, Kathleen also is a committed citizen active in, and dedicated to, our diverse community and its quality of life.” Marriott also acknowledged the tremendous contributions Sterling, who joined Marriott in 1996 and “has forged one of the best communications teams in the corporate world, and played a critical role in earning the exceptional reputation our company enjoys today.”