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RLJ Lodging Trust appoints Leslie D. Hale as CEO

Staff Writer | Bethesda, Md., USA | April 11, 2018
RLJ Lodging TrustRLJ Lodging Trust announced that it has named Leslie D. Hale as president and chief executive officer, effective August 22, 2018.
Ms. Hale will be nominated for election at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Ms. Hale joined RLJ Development, LLC the Company’s predecessor in 2005 as its Director of Real Estate and Finance and was promoted to Vice President in 2006.

In 2007, Ms. Hale was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President and, in 2013, she was promoted to Executive Vice President.

In 2016, she also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, with the added responsibility for management of the Company’s operating platform in addition to overseeing all financial matters.

Ms. Hale has served as a member of the board of directors of Macy’s, Inc. since January 2015.

Prior to Ms. Hale’s tenure at RLJ, she held several positions of increasing responsibility within General Electric Capital Corporation (GE), including Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of GE Commercial Finance and Associate Director in the Strategic Capital Group of GE Real Estate.

Before GE, Ms. Hale was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Ms. Hale earned her bachelor's degree in Finance from Howard University in 1994, and her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2001.

She also serves as trustee of Howard University.