Management

  • Robert L. Johnson
    Founder and Chairman
    Robert L. Johnson
    Founder and Chairman

    Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies in hotel real estate investment, private equity, financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. In July 2007, Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years. Core assets of The RLJ Companies includ …

  • Leslie D. Hale
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Leslie D. Hale
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Leslie Hale is President and Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust, and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to August 2018, she served as Chief Financial Officer since 2007, Executive Vice President of Real Estate & Finance since 2013 and Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Ms. Hale is responsible for all financial matters and daily operations across RLJ. She is intricately involved in the company’s investment decision-making and long-term strategic planning. In addition, Ms. Hale overse …

  • Sean Mahoney
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    Sean Mahoney
    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Sean Mahoney currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Mahoney previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of DiamondRock Hospitality Company from September 2008 to March 2018 and previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller from August 2004 to September 2008. Earlier in his career, he worked in the audit practices of Arthur Andersen, KPMG and Ernst & Young. Mr. M …

  • Tom Bardenett
    Executive Vice President, Asset Management
    Tom Bardenett
    Executive Vice President, Asset Management

    Tom Bardenett joined RLJ in September 2017 as Executive Vice President of Asset Management and is responsible for managing the asset management function. Mr. Bardenett has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for Extended Stay America. Prior to that, he served in multiple leadership roles at Crossroads Hospitality, the operations arm of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, including Executive Vice President of Operations and Preside …

  • Jeffrey Dauray
    Co-Chief Investment Officer
    Jeffrey Dauray
    Co-Chief Investment Officer

    Jeffrey Dauray serves on RLJ’s executive team as Co-Chief Investment Officer with departmental responsibility for RLJ’s transactions. Jeff, with co-partner Kate Henriksen, works in close coordination with RLJ’s CEO, Leslie Hale, on all RLJ corporate strategic initiatives involving acquisitions and dispositions of assets. Jeff initially joined RLJ’s senior team in February 2009 via its predecessor Private Equity Platform (RLJ Development, LLC) as the company’s Vice President of Acquisitions. Shortly the …

  • Kate B. Henriksen
    Co-Chief Investment Officer
    Kate B. Henriksen
    Co-Chief Investment Officer

    Kate B. Henriksen, a veteran RLJ executive, is Co-Chief Investment Officer. Since joining RLJ, Henriksen has overseen the underwriting on completed transactions totaling $8.0 billion, including the merger with FelCor Lodging Trust. Henriksen has also been actively involved in RLJ’s capital recycling program, marketing for sale nearly $3.5 billion in sold assets. When RLJ was privately held, she also oversaw the portfolio management function and her responsibilities included tracking the performance of  …

  • Anita Cooke Wells
    Senior Vice President, Administration/Corporate Secretary
    Anita Cooke Wells
    Senior Vice President, Administration/Corporate Secretary

    At RLJ, Anita Cooke Wells has responsibility for human resources management, investment fund legal and governance compliance, and strategic planning. Before coming to RLJ, Ms. Wells served as Chief, Office of Business Development at the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce. She administered the Department’s programs assisting minority entrepreneurs and developed and implemented programs to increase access to debt and equity capital for minority businesses. She worked with t …

  • Christopher A. Gormsen
    Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
    Christopher A. Gormsen
    Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

    As Chief Accounting Officer, Chris Gormsen is responsible for managing the Company’s accounting and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining RLJ in 2013, Mr. Gormsen was an audit senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, primarily serving real estate and hospitality clients. Mr. Gormsen completed a rotation in PwC's National Office where he specialized in technical accounting and SEC reporting matters. Mr. Gormsen holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and is a …

  • Frederick D. McKalip
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    Frederick D. McKalip
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel

    As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Fred McKalip is responsible for managing the Company’s legal function and providing day-to-day legal support for the Company’s operations. Prior to joining RLJ in 2005, Mr. McKalip was a senior attorney with Arent Fox, PLLC, where he specialized in real estate and general corporate transactions. While at Arent Fox, he served as outside counsel to the Company from 2002 until joining the Company and, in this capacity, represented the Company in numerous hotel …

  • Susan Sloan
    Vice President and Controller
    Susan Sloan
    Vice President and Controller

    Susan Sloan joined RLJ in 2009 as Vice President and Controller. In this role, she is responsible for RLJ’s accounting operations, including financial reporting. Prior to joining RLJ, Ms. Sloan was a Director with Navigant Consulting, where she focused on business, accounting and operational consulting. Before joining Navigant Consulting, Ms. Sloan served as the Vice President and Controller at JER Partners, a private equity real estate investment company. Previously, Ms. Sloan served as the Senior Dir …

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