(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has resigned his role on the Marriott board of directors, another incremental step ahead his almost-certain second bid for the White House.
First reported by the Boston Globe, Romney relinquished his advisory role to the major hotel chain after serving in it for two years. He had also served on the same board for 10 years before he ran for governor in 2002.
“He felt he no longer has the time to devote to the position,” spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said.
News of Romney’s resignation comes as the former governor is engaged in a week-long trip in the Middle East, during which he is scheduled to meet with several leaders in the region as well as Gen. David Petraeus.