RLJ Lodging Trust appointed Leslie Hale as the company’s new president and chief executive officer, replacing Ross Bierkan who is stepping down after 20 years of service.
Hale first joined RLJ Development, LLC, the company’s predecessor, in 2005 and is currently serving as executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. Prior to joining RLJ, Hale worked at GE, holding several positions of increased responsibility.
Hale also currently serves as a member of Macy’s board of directors and as a trustee of Howard University.
Hale will begin her new role at the end of Mr. Bierkan’s existing employment agreement on August 22, 2018.