DALLAS, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) ("Ashford Trust" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of a new independent director, Fred Kleisner, effective September 6, 2016. The appointment of Mr. Kleisner brings the total number of directors to seven and the total independent directors to six.
Mr. Kleisner, age 71, has held senior management positions at Morgans Hotel Group Co., Hard Rock Hotel Holdings LLC, Rex Advisors, LLC, Wyndham International, Inc., Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Westin Hotels and Resorts, Interstate Hotels Company, The Sheraton Corporation, and Hilton Hotels, Corp. Mr. Kleisner currently serves as a director of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Kindred Healthcare, Inc., Playtime, LLC, as member of the Board of Managers of Ambridge Hospitality, and on the Advisory Council of Michigan State University's Broad School of Business. He previously served on the board of directors of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., Hard Rock Holdings, LLC, the Museum of Arts & Design, NYC, as a Trustee/Director for the Culinary Institute of America, and as a Trustee of National Outdoor Leadership School. He holds a degree from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University.
"We are excited to welcome Fred to the Ashford Trust board," said Monty J. Bennett, Ashford Trust's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "He brings extensive experience from his many years of service in senior leadership positions in the hospitality and real estate investment industries. Fred's executive, operational and finance knowledge will make him a valuable addition to our board."
Mr. Kleisner was introduced to the Company by Greg Cohen of Rambleside Holdings, an investor in Ashford Trust. Mr. Cohen said, "Rambleside is pleased to have helped facilitate the appointment of Fred to the Ashford Trust board. Fred has an outstanding record as a business leader and we believe he will be a strong addition to the Board."
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP served as legal counsel to Ashford Trust, and Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. served as legal counsel to Rambleside Holdings.
Ashford Hospitality Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing opportunistically in the hospitality industry in upper upscale, full-service hotels.
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