Leslie D. Hale
Chief Operating Officer
RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ)
Leslie D. Hale, a member since 2013, is chief operating officer of RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ), which is one of the largest publicly-traded lodging Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in the U.S., with more than $3 billion in assets and 150 hotels operating across the country. As COO, Ms. Hale has a dual role with oversight of all financial matters and investor relations as well as responsbility for the management of RLJ's operating platform, primarily comprising the Asset Management and Design and Construction functions. Ms. Hale joined RLJ Development, LLC, the current company's predecessor, in 2005 as the director of Real Estate and Finance. She was promoted to vice president in 2006 and in 2007, she was promoted again to chief financial officer and senior vice president. In 2013, she was promoted to executive vice president.
Prior to RLJ, she held progressive 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. She was also an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., advising clients across industries on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance matters. She is a board member of the Real Estate Executive Council, Robert F. Toigo Foundation, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and the Dr. Stephanie and Bishop Joseph Walker Foundation. She serves on the Tax Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable President’s Council and is an advisory board member of Artemis Emerging Managers. In 2011, she was honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of their “Top 40 Executives Under 40”.
She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from Howard University in 1994, graduating summa cum laude (Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society) and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, where she was a Goldman Sachs and Robert F. Toigo Fellow.