Leslie Hale is a seasoned real estate and finance executive whose career spans more than 20 years and includes more than $30 BN in transactions. Ms. Hale serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, for RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ). As CFO, Ms. Hale is responsible for all financial matters and directly involved in investment decision-making, daily operations and long-term strategic planning.

Before joining RLJ in 2007, Ms. Hale’s career spanned two continents and numerous roles at General Electric. Ms. Hale was also previously an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co., advising clients across industries on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance matters.

Ms. Hale holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from Howard University.

She serves as a Trustee of Howard University and sits on the board of several non-profits. She resides with her family in Maryland.