Collegiate DECA is pleased to announce that Apoorva Gandhi of Marriott International, Inc., will deliver a Q&A style keynote during the 2022 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference Grand Opening Session.
As Senior Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Social Impact and Business Councils for Marriott International, Apoorva is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds reputation, preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments and communities for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company’s communications, marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect diversity, equity and inclusion as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world. In addition, Mr. Gandhi supports and leads Marriott's 106 Worldwide Business Councils focused on delivering our four pillars of Culture, Government Affairs, Market-Driven Initiatives and Social Impact. Mr. Gandhi also has assumed responsibility for Marriott’s Social Impact program, ‘Serve360’, which works to help Marriott International be a force for good.
Mr. Gandhi has 30+ years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise. He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record of delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was vice president for organizational capability where he led the company’s global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.
Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture’s Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients. He also led diversity programs at Accenture.
Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management. He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. Apoorva lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing ice hockey and listening to music (loudly).