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Williams to Step Down from DiamondRock

Monday February 11th, 2013 - 10:02AM

John L. Williams, president/COO of DiamondRock Hospitality Co., will retire in May.

BETHESDA, MD—John L. Williams, president/COO of DiamondRock Hospitality Co., will step down from his post this spring, retiring from the company effective May 1.

DiamondRock CEO Mark  Brugger said the 30-year industry veteran, who helped found the company in 2004, "has been instrumental in building DiamondRock into one of the leading public lodging real estate companies. With his strong real estate skills and extensive lodging experience, John helped assemble our current world-class hotel portfolio, concentrated in many of the most desirable markets in the United States. Moreover, he has helped mentor and develop talented asset managers and investment specialists to position the company for future growth. We expect to execute a smooth transition and are confident in the plans we have in place to drive shareholder value."

The lodging REIT, which owns 27 hotels representing approximately 11,500 rooms, has hired Ferguson Partners to conduct a search for a successor to Williams.