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by Leo Jakobson | September 19, 2016
The head of Starwood Hotels & Resorts' global sales organization is stepping down to take a senior role at American Airlines, it was announced today. 

Alison Taylor will take up the role of senior vice president - global sales at American Airlines later this month, where she will be responsible for developing all sales and distribution policies worldwide. Along with travel agents, she will manage the airline's relationships with corporate customers, the company said in a statement.

Taylor is leaving Starwood after 30 years, the last year and a half as Senior Vice President - Global Sales Organization, which put her in charge of the company's dealings with the meetings, incentive, convention and events (MICE) industry. 

"Alison has built and led world-class sales teams throughout her career," said Andrew Nocella, America's senior vice president - network planning, alliances, and sales, in a statement. "Her approach to leadership and evolving sales organizations is exactly the kind of fresh thinking we were looking for and fits well with where America is heading. We are thrilled to have Alison step into this critical leadership role."

The $12.2 billion merger between Marriott International and Starwood has been delayed several times while waiting on regulatory approval from China.