Former President & COO | Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Simon Cooper is the Former President & COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and is currently a Senior Advisor to the Gallup organization.
Former President & Managing Director, Marriott Asia Pacific
Simon spent 17 years at Marriott Hotels & Resorts and is widely known as an influential leader in the hospitality industry. His leadership was instrumental in the globalization of Marriott’s operations ushering in an exciting chapter of growth. Since taking the helm in 2010, Simon led the operating performance and growth of Asia Pacific which included more than 173 properties and 70 hotels under construction represented by The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments brands.
Former President & Chief Operating Officer, Ritz Carlton
Prior to his role in Asia Pacific, Simon was president and Chief Operating Officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Under his leadership, the brand realized significant growth and initiated new products: The Ritz Carlton Residences and The Ritz Carlton Reserve. Also during this period of time, Ritz Carlton earned the highest accolades from organizations such as The Luxury Institute and J. D Power and Associates. In 2009, Ritz-Carlton won the World Saver Award from CondeNast for its Community Footprints program.
Former President, Marriott Lodging Canada
Former President, Delta Hotels & Resorts, Canada
Simon joined Marriott International in 1998 as President of Marriott Lodging Canada. Prior to joining Marriott, Simon served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Delta Hotels and Resorts, and as Executive Vice President of OMNI Hotels USA. Simon began his hospitality career when he immigrated to Canada in 1972 and worked for Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts.
Industry & Public Service
Simon has been a very active leader in industry and public service. He has served as
- Chairman of the Board of Governors for University of Guelph
- Trustee of the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association
- Director of the Canadian Tourism Commission.
- In 2004, he was appointed to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Canada Institute Advisory Board.
- From 2006 to 2010, Simon served on the board of First Horizon National (First Tennessee Bank).
He earned an MBA from the University of Toronto and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Guelph University.