Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. reveals that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Kristian Gathright to the Board of Directors and that Mrs. Gathright plans to retire from her role with the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in the first quarter of 2020. The Company also announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bryan Peery intends to retire from the Company in the first quarter of 2020.
Apple Hospitality is working with an executive search firm, with a focus on external candidates, for a successor Chief Financial Officer. The Company will utilize the depth of its existing team and the new Chief Financial Officer to transition the responsibilities of Mrs. Gathright and Mr. Peery. Mrs. Gathright and Mr. Peery plan to remain with the Company over the next year to assist with an orderly transition and ensure an efficient and seamless integration of the new structure.
Justin Knight, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, “I cannot thank Krissy and Bryan enough for their dedication to the Apple REIT Companies and our shareholders throughout their careers, and we greatly appreciate their ongoing commitment to the Company during this transition. Their ability to produce results and develop Apple Hospitality and our team has been exceptional. I am excited Krissy has joined our Board of Directors, where we will continue to benefit from her outstanding industry knowledge and strategic expertise. Krissy and Bryan have been instrumental in making Apple Hospitality what it is today, and while I will miss my daily interactions with each of them upon their departures, we have an incredible team that I am confident will continue to drive the Company’s success.”
Mrs. Gathright was the first employee of the Apple REIT Companies, which began in 1999. She has played a vital role in the Companies’ growth and accomplishments, and through her leadership, passion and diligence, has made Apple Hospitality a leader in operational excellence and efficiency. In conjunction with her role with the Company, she has developed outstanding industry knowledge and experience through her involvement with brands, operators and organizations that support the hotel industry. Mrs. Gathright’s appointment to the Apple Hospitality Board of Directors increases its size from eight to nine members. She will stand for election as a Board-recommended nominee at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Her anticipated retirement in 2020 is not expected to impact her status as a Board member. Mrs. Gathright also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, as President of the Courtyard Franchise Advisory Council, and on the distribution advisory councils for Marriott and Hilton. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Graduate with Distinction, in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.