SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO
SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
July 13, 2022
DiamondRock Hospitality Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
|Maryland|| ||001-32514|| ||20-1180098|
|(State or Other Jurisdiction|
| ||(IRS Employer|
2 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1400
Bethesda, MD 20814
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code): (240) 744-1150
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.01 par value||DRH||New York Stock Exchange|
|8.250% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share||DRH Pr A||New York Stock Exchange|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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ITEM 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On July 13, 2022, DiamondRock Hospitality Company (the “Company”) announced the appointment of Justin L. Leonard, age 44, as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective July 18, 2022.
Mr. Leonard will assume leadership responsibility of asset management and serve on the Company’s executive committee, reporting directly to Mark W. Brugger, President & Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Leonard was at Walton Street Capital, LLC for 20 years, most recently as a Senior Principal where he was responsible for the oversight and asset management of the firm’s hotel investments since 2007. During his tenure, he directed the asset management of 60 brand and independent hotels totaling over 20,000 rooms. Mr. Leonard holds a B.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
It is expected that Mr. Leonard will enter into a severance agreement with the Company on terms consistent with those in the severance agreements between the Company and its other executive vice presidents.
ITEM 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On July 13, 2022, the Company announced that Mr. Leonard was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. A copy of that press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.
The information furnished pursuant to this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose, including for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.
ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibits are included with this report:
Exhibit No. Description
101.SCH Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
| || ||DIAMONDROCK HOSPITALITY COMPANY|
|Dated: July 13, 2022|| || ||By:|| |
/s/ Briony R. Quinn
| || || ||Briony R. Quinn|
| || || ||Senior Vice President and Treasurer|
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DIAMONDROCK HOSPITALITY APPOINTS JUSTIN LEONARD AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
BETHESDA, Maryland, July 13, 2022 – DiamondRock Hospitality Company (the "Company") (NYSE: DRH) today announced the appointment of Justin Leonard as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective July 18, 2022. Mr. Leonard will assume leadership responsibility of asset management and serve on the Company’s executive committee, reporting directly to Mark W. Brugger, President & Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining DiamondRock, Mr. Leonard was at Walton Street Capital, LLC for 20 years, most recently as a Senior Principal where he was responsible for the oversight and asset management of the firm’s hotel investments since 2007. During his tenure, he directed the asset management of 60 branded and independent hotels totaling over 20,000 rooms.
Mr. Brugger stated, “We are excited to welcome an executive of Justin’s caliber to our team. His depth of operating knowledge and experience driving value allow him to make an immediate impact. DiamondRock is well-positioned to be the top performer in the lodging sector for years to come.”
Mr. Leonard holds a B.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About the Company
DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) that is an owner of a leading portfolio of geographically diversified hotels concentrated in leisure destinations and top gateway markets. The Company currently owns 34 premium quality hotels with over 9,500 rooms. The Company has strategically positioned its hotels to be operated both under leading global brand families as well as unique boutique hotels in the lifestyle segment. For further information on the Company and its portfolio, please visit DiamondRock Hospitality Company’s website at www.drhc.com.