Leslie Hale

Leslie Hale
President and CEO of RLJ Lodging Trust

CREW Network Featured Speaker

Leslie Hale is the President and Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust, a leading hotel real estate investment trust. Since joining RLJ in 2005, Ms. Hale has played a pivotal role in setting and executing the strategic vision at RLJ. Ms. Hale has held progressively senior roles at RLJ – she was appointed to Chief Financial Officer in 2007, Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Ms. Hale helped successfully lead the initial public offering (IPO) of RLJ in 2011 and is on RLJ’s Board of Directors.

In addition to RLJ, Ms. Hale serves on Macy’s Board and is a Howard University Trustee. Other industry organizations in which she is a member are the NAREIT Advisory Board, AHLA Executive Board and IREFAC.

Before joining RLJ, Ms. Hale held senior positions at GE – working in GE’s Commercial Finance Mergers & Acquisitions Group and GE’s Real Estate Strategic Capital Group. Ms. Hale was also an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, advising on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.  Ms. Hale earned a BBA from Howard University (summa cum laude), and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Goldman Sachs and Toigo Fellow.

Hale was honored as a 2019 CREW Network Distinguished Leader and spoke during the Friday Morning General Session at the 2019 Convention and Marketplace.

Interview with Leslie Hale, 2019 CREW Network Distinguished Leader

Hale sat down for an interview with CREW Network CEO Wendy Mann at the 2019 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace, discussing her road to CEO of RLJ Lodging Trust, the role mentorship has played in her career success and the challenges of being in the hospitality industry in today's world.