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RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Johnson

71 2011 Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Ross Bierkan

57 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Director

Leslie Hale

44 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer

Arthur Collins

57 2016 Director

Evan Bayh

61 2011 Independent Trustee

Nathaniel Davis

63 2011 Independent Trustee

Patricia Gibson

54 2017 Board of Trustees

Robert La Forgia

58 2011 Independent Trustee

Glenda McNeal

56 2011 Independent Trustee

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Johnson

Mr. Robert L. Johnson serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of RLJ Lodging Trust. Prior to the formation of the Company, Mr. Johnson co-founded and served as the chairman of RLJ Development, LLC ("RLJ Development") and founded and currently serves as the chairman of The RLJ Companies, LLC ("RLJ Companies"), which owns or holds interests in a diverse portfolio of companies in the banking, private equity, real estate, film production, gaming and automobile dealership industries. Prior to co-founding RLJ Development in 2000, he was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television, or BET. Mr. Johnson continued to serve as chief executive officer of BET until 2006 after its 2001 acquisition by Viacom Inc. He currently serves as the executive chairperson of RLJ Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) and also serves on the boards of directors of KB Home (NYSE: KBH), Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) and Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA). Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and his Master of Public Administration degree from Princeton University.

Ross Bierkan

Mr. Ross H. Bierkan serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Bierkan had served as the Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company since the Company's formation in 2011. Prior to that, he was a principal and executive vice president of RLJ Development from 2000 until our initial public offering in 2011. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing approximately $5.0 billion of real estate acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Bierkan was an original member of The Plasencia Group, a hospitality transaction and consulting group, and from 1993 to 2000 served as its vice president. Prior to joining The Plasencia Group, Mr. Bierkan worked with Grubb and Ellis Real Estate, a commercial real estate brokerage firm. From 1982 to 1988, he held various operational and sales management positions for Guest Quarters Hotels (now the Doubletree Guest Suites). Mr. Bierkan also serves on the owner advisory council for Hyatt House Hotels and as President of the advisory council for Springhill Suites by Marriott. He is on the board of directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is a member of the ULI Hotel Development Council. Mr. Bierkan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

Leslie Hale

Ms. Leslie D. Hale serves as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer of RLJ Lodging Trust. Prior to this, Ms. Hale has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since February 2013. Prior to this, Ms. Hale served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of real estate and finance of RLJ Development from 2007 until the formation of the Company, when she became the Company's chief financial officer, treasurer and senior vice president. She previously was the vice president of real estate and finance for RLJ Development from 2006 to September 2007 and director of real estate and finance from 2005 until her 2006 promotion. In these positions, Ms. Hale was responsible for the finance, tax, treasury and portfolio management functions as well as executing all real estate transactions. From 2002 to 2005, she held several positions within the global financial services division of General Electric Corp., including as a vice president in the business development group of GE Commercial Finance, and as an associate director in the GE Real Estate strategic capital group. Prior to that, she was an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ms. Hale received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University and her Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. On January 12, 2015, Ms. Hale was elected to the board of directors of Macy's Inc. (NYSE: M). She also is a member of the Howard University Board of Trustees.

Arthur Collins

Mr. Arthur R. Collins serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Collins was elected by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Since 1989, Mr. Collins has served as Managing Partner of theGROUP, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm that Mr. Collins founded. Mr. Collins currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine and as a member of the boards of trustees of The Brookings Institution and Meridian International Center. He has previously served as chairman of the board of trustees of Florida A&M University. Mr. Collins received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Florida A&M University and a doctor of humane letters from Florida A&M University.

Evan Bayh

Sen. Evan Bayh is Independent Trustee of the company. Sen. Bayh has served as one of our trustees and as chairman of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since our initial public offering in May 2011. Since 2011, Senator Bayh has been a partner at McGuireWoods LLC, a global diversified law firm, and a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative asset management firm. From 1999 through 2010, Senator Bayh was a member of the United States Senate, representing the state of Indiana. He served on six Committees—Banking; Housing and Urban Affairs; Armed Services; Energy and Natural Resources; the Select Committee on Intelligence; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Special Committee on Aging. He also chaired two subcommittees. From 1989 until 1997, Senator Bayh served as the Governor of Indiana. Senator Bayh currently serves on the boards of directors of Berry Plastics (NYSE: BERY), Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and Fifth Third Bank (NASDAQ:FITB). Senator Bayh received a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics with honors from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. Our Board of Trustees determined that Senator Bayh's experience as a former United States Senator and former Governor of Indiana, in addition to his breadth of management experience, adds valuable expertise to our Board of Trustees, especially with respect to regulatory and governance issues.

Nathaniel Davis

Mr. Nathaniel A. Davis serves as Independent Trustee of RLJ Lodging Trust since May 2011. Mr. Davis has served as one of our trustees and as chairman of our Compensation Committee since our initial public offering in May 2011. Mr. Davis has served as the executive chairman of the board of directors of K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) since January 2013 and, from January 2014 to February 2016, he served as the chief executive officer of K12 Inc. Mr. Davis has served as managing director of RANDD Advisory Group, a business consulting group that advises venture capital, media, and technology firms and provides due diligence, business process improvement, sales process improvement, management development and business plan development services, since 2003. From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Davis was the chief executive officer and president of XM Satellite Radio, a leading broadcaster of satellite radio. He also was a member of the XM Satellite Radio board of directors from 1999 until 2008. Mr. Davis served as executive-in-residence of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, from 2003 until 2006. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Davis was president, chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of XO Communications, a telecommunications service provider. Prior to this, Mr. Davis served as executive vice president, network and technical service of Nextel Communications; as chief financial officer of MCI Telecommunications U.S.; and as president and chief operating officer of MCI Metro. Mr. Davis is a member of the board of directors of UNISYS (NYSE: UIS), a systems integration company and previously was a board member of Charter Communications, a cable television operator. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Patricia Gibson

Robert La Forgia

Mr. Robert M. La Forgia serves as Independent Trustee of RLJ Lodging Trust since May 2011. La Forgia has served as one of our trustees and as the chairman of our Audit Committee since our initial public offering in May 2011. Currently, Mr. La Forgia is principal of Apertor Hospitality, LLC, a national advisory and asset management services firm specializing in the hospitality and gaming industries, which he founded in August 2009. In March 2008, Mr. La Forgia joined The Atalon Group, a boutique turnaround management and advisory firm specializing in troubled real estate situations and served as executive vice president—finance of certain Atalon Group subsidiaries until July 2010. Prior to this, Mr. La Forgia held a number of leadership positions during his 26-year tenure at Hilton Hotels Corporation (currently Hilton Worldwide), a global hospitality firm. Mr. La Forgia served as the chief financial officer (and chief accounting officer) of Hilton Hotels Corporation from 2004 through 2008, first as a senior vice president and subsequently as executive vice president. From 1996 through 2004, he was senior vice president and controller of Hilton, and prior to this, he held a number of management positions within Hilton's corporate finance function. Mr. La Forgia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Providence College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Glenda McNeal

Ms. Glenda G. McNeal serves as Independent Trustee of RLJ Lodging Trust. Ms. McNeal has served as one of our trustees since our initial public offering in May 2011. Since 1989, Ms. McNeal has worked for the American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), a global payments, network, credit card and travel services company, where she serves as executive vice president and general manager of the Global Client Group in Global Merchant Services and head of the Strategic Partnerships Group. In these roles, she is responsible for managing the largest global relationships and negotiating strategic partnerships for the American Express Company. Ms. McNeal was employed by Salomon Brothers, Inc. from 1987 until 1989 and began her career with Arthur Andersen, LLP in 1982. She serves on the boards of directors of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Ms. McNeal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Dillard University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Robert Johnson

3,568,000

Ross Bierkan

4,367,130

Leslie Hale

3,985,070

Arthur Collins

8,356

Evan Bayh

181,360

Nathaniel Davis

191,813

Patricia Gibson

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Robert La Forgia

184,814

Glenda McNeal

169,168
As Of  30 Dec 2016