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Red Lion Names Interim Chairman; Adds Board Members

Thursday December 6th, 2012 - 12:05AM

SPOKANE, WA—Red Lion Hotels Corp. appointed Melvin L. Keating to succeed Donald Barbieri on an interim basis as chairman of the board upon Barbieri’s retirement on December 31.

In addition, James P. Evans, David J. Johnson, Robert G. Wolfe and Michael Vernon were appointed to the company’s board of directors.
The four new board members will stand for election by the shareholders at the company’s 2013 annual meeting.
“I am honored to have served at Red Lion for more than 40 years and believe that the addition of Evans, Johnson, Wolfe and Vernon will further enhance the board’s capabilities as it works closely with the management team to execute strategies focused on creating shareholder value," said Barbieri.

“Our four new directors bring a wide range of industry, financial and general business experience to Red Lion and we are pleased to be able to welcome individuals with this high level of executive leadership, industry experience and financial and real estate expertise to the Red Lion Hotels board,” said Jon E. Eliassen, president/CEO of Red Lion Hotels Corp.
Most recently, Evans served as the CEO of Brand USA, the nation’s first public/private global marketing effort to promote the United States as the world’s premier travel destination. He previously also served as CEO of Ardent Hotel Advisors, Jenny Craig International and Best Western International.
Johnson joins the board following eight years as chairman/CEO of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. From 1991 to 1996, Johnson served as chairman/president/CEO of Red Lion Hotels, Inc.
Wolfe has been the principal of Windy Point, LLC, a private investment and strategic consulting firm and was a partner at Northwest Venture Associates, a venture capital fund that invested exclusively in companies based in the Pacific Northwest.
Vernon most recently was the chief financial officer for Zulily, Inc., and prior to that held the CFO role at three public and private companies: Big Fish Games, Inc, Zumobi, Inc, and aQuantive, Inc. He previously was CFO/COO at Park Plaza International, where he helped the company transform from a franchisor into a manager of high-end hotels and also was CFO of Red Lion Hotels, Inc. in the late-1990s.