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Leadership

Management Team

RICHARD E. MARRIOTT

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Marriott is our Chairman of the Board. He is Chairman of the Board of First Media Corporation, the Chairman and a director of the J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and a director of the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. Mr. Marriott also serves on the Federal City Council and the National Advisory Council of Brigham Young University. He previously served on the Board of Marriott International, Inc. and is a past President of the National Restaurant Association and a past director of the Polynesian Cultural Center. In addition, Mr. Marriott is the President and a Trustee of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.

JAMES F. RISOLEO

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Risoleo became our President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. He joined our company in 1996 as Senior Vice President for Acquisitions, and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in 2000. In 2012, he became Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Company’s European business activities and, in 2015, Mr. Risoleo assumed leadership for all of the Company’s West Coast investment activities in addition to Europe. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Risoleo was Vice President, Development at Interstate Hotels Corporation and a Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Mr. Risoleo serves as a director of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, a public non-listed REIT. He previously served as the non-executive Chairman of Cole Office & Industrial REIT from 2015 to 2021. He serves as Chairman and an Executive Board member of NAREIT, an Executive Committee member of American Hotel & Lodging Association, a member of the U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable, and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Risoleo is also a member of the Bar of the State of Pennsylvania.

Julie P. Aslaksen

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Julie P. Aslaksen joined our company in November 2019 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Aslaksen served as Vice President and General Counsel at General Dynamics Information Technology from 2017 to 2019, where she was responsible for the company’s legal strategy and affairs. Prior to her role at GDIT, Ms. Aslaksen spent 14 years with General Dynamics Corporation, where she most recently served as Staff Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. In this role, Ms. Aslaksen provided strategic legal counsel and advice to the board of directors and executive leadership team, with a focus on corporate governance, securities, mergers and acquisitions and strategic business relationships.

Sourav Ghosh

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Sourav Ghosh joined our company in August 2009 as Vice President, Global Business Intelligence & Portfolio Strategy. As CFO, he leads the company's Finance function, including Accounting, Treasury and Investor Relations, while also overseeing the Enterprise Analytics and Information Technology teams. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Strategy & Analytics, with responsibility for the company's enterprise analytics and IT functions and platforms. Prior to joining Host, Mr. Ghosh held several positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, including Senior Director of Real Estate Investments and Director of Acquisitions & Development, responsible for sourcing, structuring and negotiating acquisitions and development deals. He currently serves as a Board of Directors member for the U.S. Travel Association as well as Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry.

Joanne G. Hamilton

Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility

Joanne G. Hamilton joined our company as Executive Vice President, Human Resources in January 2010. Prior to joining our company, she was the Chief Human Resource Officer for Beers + Cutler, an accounting and consulting firm based in Vienna, Virginia from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Beers + Cutler, Ms. Hamilton served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Spirent PLC, a global telecommunications company, from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that time, Ms. Hamilton was Senior Vice President at Visual Networks and Vice President of Human Resources at Telecommunications Techniques Corporation.

MICHAEL E. LENTZ

Executive Vice President, Development, Design & Construction

Michael E. Lentz joined our company in March 2016 as the Managing Director of Global Development, Design & Construction. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Lentz served as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Development for Las Vegas Sands Corp., a global gaming company, where he led the construction of more than 9,000 hotel rooms and $8 billion of construction from 2011 to 2016. Prior to joining Sands, Mr. Lentz was Vice President of Project Development at The Walt Disney Company, where over his 20-year career as an Imagineer he oversaw the development, design and construction of theme parks, timeshare, and resort hotels.

JOSEPH C. OTTINGER

Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller

Joseph C. Ottinger joined our company in 1999 and has served as senior vice president and corporate controller since January 2021. Previously, he served as vice president, assistant controller and has held a series of positions with increasing financial reporting responsibilities within Host’s finance organization. Prior to joining Host, he worked as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP.

NATHAN S. TYRRELL

Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

Nathan S. Tyrrell joined our company’s finance department in 2005 and worked on numerous transactions including public offerings, secured loans in the U.S., Europe and Canada and our joint venture in Asia. In 2015, Mr. Tyrrell joined the Investments group as the Managing Director. He had served as Senior Vice President, Treasurer since 2010. Mr. Tyrrell led our company’s strategic planning efforts and has been a member of the investment committee since 2012. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Tyrrell worked in finance and development at the Rouse Company, a publicly traded REIT based in Columbia, Maryland, and investment banking for Alex Brown in Baltimore and London, focusing on real estate and mergers and acquisitions. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and is a member of AHLA’s Investment Roundtable.

Board of Directors

RICHARD E. MARRIOTT

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Marriott is our Chairman of the Board. He is Chairman of the Board of First Media Corporation, the Chairman and a director of the J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and a director of the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. Mr. Marriott also serves on the Federal City Council and the National Advisory Council of Brigham Young University. He previously served on the Board of Marriott International, Inc. and is a past President of the National Restaurant Association and a past director of the Polynesian Cultural Center. In addition, Mr. Marriott is the President and a Trustee of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.

JAMES F. RISOLEO

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Risoleo became our President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. He joined our company in 1996 as Senior Vice President for Acquisitions, and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in 2000. In 2012, he became Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Company’s European business activities and, in 2015, Mr. Risoleo assumed leadership for all of the Company’s West Coast investment activities in addition to Europe. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Risoleo was Vice President, Development at Interstate Hotels Corporation and a Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Mr. Risoleo serves as a director of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, a public non-listed REIT. He previously served as the non-executive Chairman of Cole Office & Industrial REIT from 2015 to 2021. He serves as Chairman and an Executive Board member of NAREIT, an Executive Committee member of American Hotel & Lodging Association, a member of the U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable, and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Risoleo is also a member of the Bar of the State of Pennsylvania.

MARY L. BAGLIVO

Compensation Policy Committee Chair | Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Member 

Ms. Baglivo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Baglivo Group, a strategy consulting company. Previously, she was Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications at Rutgers University from 2017 to 2018, Vice President for Global Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer at Northwestern University from 2013 to 2017. She was also a partner with Brand Value Advisors, a strategic brand and digital marketing advisory firm. She served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas for Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide from 2008 to 2013 and Chief Executive Officer of New York for Saatchi & Saatchi from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi, she was President of Arnold Worldwide from 2002 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer of Panoramic Communications from 2001 to 2002. She currently serves on the board of directors of PVH Corp, where she is a member of the corporate responsibility committee, Ruth's Hospitality Group, where she is a member of the nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees.

HERMAN E. BULLS

Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Member 

Mr. Bulls is vice chairman, Americas, as well as an international director at Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Bulls brings more than 30 years of real estate, marketing and operations expertise to the Board of Directors. Since joining Jones Lang LaSalle in 1989, he has worked in the areas of development, investment management, asset management, facilities operations and business development/retention. He previously co-founded and served as president and CEO of Bulls Capital Partners, a Fannie Mae multi-family financing company, and founded Bulls Advisory Group, LLC, a management and real estate advisory firm. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Bulls completed almost 12 years of active duty service with the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008. Additionally, Mr. Bulls is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Leadership Washington and the Real Estate Executive Council. He is also a founding member and served as the inaugural president of the African American Real Estate Professionals of Washington, D.C. and serves as vice chairman of the University Development and Innovation Council of the Urban Land Institute. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at American Campus Communities, Collegis Education, Comfort Systems USA, USAA and American Red Cross and is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee for New York State Teachers' Retirement System.

JOHN B. MORSE, JR.

Financial Expert | Audit Committee Member

Mr. Morse served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of The Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Company) from 1989 until his retirement in 2008. He also served as President of Washington Post Telecommunications, Inc. and Washington Post Productions Inc., both subsidiaries of The Washington Post Company. Prior to joining The Washington Post Company, Mr. Morse was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Morse is Chairman and lead independent director of AES Corporation, where he also previously served as Chairman of the financial audit committee. He previously served on the board of HSN, Inc. where he was chairman of the compensation and audit committees. He is a former Trustee and President Emeritus of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia and a former director and treasurer of Greater Naples Leadership.

Mary Hogan Preusse

Financial Expert | Audit Committee Member | Compensation Policy Committee Member

Ms. Hogan Preusse is the founder and principal of Sturgis Partners, an advisory firm. She was formerly at APG Asset Management US, the New York subsidiary of the Netherlands-based firm from 2000 to 2017. At APG she served as the Managing Director and co-head of Americas Real Estate where she was responsible for managing all of APG's public real estate investments in North and South America. She also served on the Executive Board of APG Asset Management US from 2008 to 2017. Prior to joining APG in 2000, she spent eight years as a sell side analyst covering the REIT sector, and began her career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst. Her industry memberships include the International Council of Shopping Centers and NAREIT, where she serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Governors and is co-chair of the Dividends Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of Digital Realty Trust, where she is a member of its nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees; Kimco Realty, where she is a member of its audit, executive compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees and lead independent director; and VEREIT, where she is a member of its nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees. Ms. Hogan Preusse is a member of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees and a member of the Real Estate and Infrastructure Advisory Board of the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.

Walter Rakowich

Financial Expert | Audit Committee Chair | Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Member

Mr. Rakowich is the former Chief Executive Officer of Prologis, where he worked for 18 years before retiring in December 2012. Mr. Rakowich served as CEO of Prologis from November 2008 through June 2011, when Prologis merged with AMB Property Corporation. He then assumed the role of Co-CEO and served as a member of the Prologis board of directors up until December 2012 to manage the integration of the two companies. Prior to his service as CEO, Mr. Rakowich held a number of senior management positions while at Prologis, including as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2008, and Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer from 1998 to 2005. Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Rakowich was a partner with real estate provider Trammell Crow Company, where he worked for nine years; before that he was a senior audit and tax consultant for Pricewaterhouse. Mr. Rakowich is also a director of Iron Mountain Incorporated where he is a member of its audit, finance and nominating and governance committees, and is a director of Ventas, Inc. where he is a member of its audit and compliance committee. He is also on the board of trustees of The Pennsylvania State University and is the Chairman of its audit and risk committee and is on the board of Colorado UpLift.

GORDON H. SMITH

Lead Director | Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Chair | Compensation Policy Committee Member

Mr. Smith is President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. From March to October 2009, he was a senior advisor and resident at the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP as a member of the Government Affairs and International Trade practice groups. In 2008, Mr Smith completed his second term as a United States Senator from the State of Oregon, where he served on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; the Finance Committee; and the Indian Affairs Committee. In addition, he was a ranking member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness and for six years chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs. Prior to his election to the United States Senate, Mr. Smith directed the operations of Smith Frozen Foods, his family’s frozen food processing business and is currently Chairman of the Board of Smith Frozen Foods, which is privately held. In 1992, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, of which he became president in 1995. He also previously practiced law in the states of New Mexico and Arizona.

A. William Stein

Financial Expert | Audit Committee Member | Compensation Policy Committee Member

Mr. Stein is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Digital Realty Trust. Prior to being named CEO in 2014, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Before joining Digital Realty in 2004, Mr. Stein was with GI Partners, a private equity fund of which Digital Realty was a portfolio company. Past positions include serving as Co-Head of VentureBank@PNC and Media and Communications Finance at The PNC Financial Services Group; President and Chief Operating Officer of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust (acquired by iStar Financial) and a variety of senior investment and financial management positions with Westinghouse Electric, Westinghouse Financial Services and Duquesne Light Company. In addition, Mr. Stein practiced law for eight years, specializing in financial transactions and litigation. Mr. Stein, a past chairman of NAREIT, serves on the Executive Board and is a member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Policy Advisory Board. He is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Global Advisory Council and is on the advisory board of AllofUs, a private fintech company.