Mitt Romney stepped back into the top reaches of the US corporate world Monday, rejoining the board of hotelier Marriott International a month after losing the presidential race.
Romney, a career investment company chief and former Republican Massachusetts governor before his challenge for the White House, has twice before served on the global hotel chain’s board of directors.
“Governor Romney has proven to be an astute, independent director who is fluent in the demands and opportunities of our highly competitive industry. We are fortunate to have him back on our board,” said Marriott chief executive Arne Sorenson.
Romney was handily beaten in the November 6 vote by Democratic President Barack Obama, who won re-election after a lengthy battle over mainly economic policy that highlighted his membership in the country’s wealthy business elite.
Romney has stayed out of the public eye since his loss, widely reported to have shocked him, his campaign advisers and supporters despite polls that regularly showed him at a disadvantage to Obama.