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 oversees the execution of all asset and corporate level transactions, investor relations, and the management of the Company’s Asset Management and Design and Construction functions.
Ms. Hale joined RLJ in 2005 as its Director of Real Estate and Finance, with responsibility for obtaining financing for all assets and managing the execution process for each financing and real estate transaction. She was promoted to Vice President in 2006 and her responsibilities were expanded to include all treasury functions. In this role, she successfully created and oversaw the portfolio management arm of RLJ. Prior to her tenure at RLJ, she held several positions within General Electric Capital Corp. (GE), including Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of GE Commercial Finance, and Associate Director in the GE Real Estate – Strategic Capital Group. Before GE, Ms. Hale was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., advising clients across industries on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters. Prior to attending business school, Ms. Hale worked for GE Real Estate in both the Large Transactions Group and the European Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
Ms. Hale earned a BBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Howard University, graduating summa cum laude. Ms. Hale earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Goldman Sachs and Robert F. Toigo Fellow. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Macy’s, Inc. and as a trustee of Howard University.