Denise Naguib was born in Cairo, Egypt where she lived for half of her childhood before moving to Michigan, Minnesota, and finally Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an emphasis on biological and human impacts on the environment. After graduating, Denise became involved with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, implementing environmental education programs at various locations. In 2005, Denise moved to the Cayman Islands to implement Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Then, Denise moved to Washington, D.C., and led the environmental strategy for the brand, as well as supporting the growth of the Cousteau program within The Ritz-Carlton.
In January 2010, Denise joined the Global Operations group at Marriott International and continued her work on sustainability strategy for all brands, as well as expansion of the Cousteau program. In 2012, Denise was named Vice President of Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, integrating both of these important subjects in the company’s global operations.
In 2017, Naguib launched the company’s new Sustainability and Social Impact Platform, Serve 360, and accompanying goals. Denise is working on a variety of projects including responsible sourcing, food waste, carbon reporting, and supporting efforts to increase spend with diverse businesses globally. Denise currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board for WEConnect International, the global organization supporting women-owned businesses around the world. She is also the Chair of the National LGBT Chamber’s Procurement Council, on the Board of The Conference Board’s Sustainability Center, and serves on the boards of The Ocean Foundation and Arbor Day Foundation.