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Corporate Governance - Extended Stay America

Executive Officers
Bruce N. Haase
Bruce N. Haase

President / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Haase has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and director of the Corporation since November 2019, Chief Executive Officer and President of ESH REIT since November 2019 and as director of ESH REIT since April 2018. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Haase was the Chief Executive Officer of WoodSpring Hotels, LLC, a leading economy extended stay lodging brand. Mr. Haase led the design, launch and franchising of the WoodSpring Suites brand, including the conversion of properties from the company’s Value Place brand. Mr. Haase previously served in a series of executive positions with Choice Hotels International, Inc. including Executive Vice President, Global Brands, Marketing & Operations (from 2008 to 2012), Senior Vice President, Domestic Brand Operations & International Division (from 2007 to 2008), Senior Vice President, International Division (from 2000 to 2007), and Vice President, Finance & Treasurer (in 2000). Prior to joining Choice, Mr. Haase held a series of positions with The Ryland Group, Inc., Caterair International Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and Goldman, Sachs, & Company.

    David Clarkson
    David Clarkson

    Chief Financial Officer

    David Clarkson has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation and ESH REIT since September 2020. Mr. Clarkson, previously served as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasurer of the Company from September 2015 and Treasurer from May 2013 until September 2020.  Mr. Clarkson served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company from January 2018 until May 2018.  Mr. Clarkson served as Director of Corporate Finance from May 2011 until May 2013.  Prior to joining the Company in 2011, Mr. Clarkson was Vice President of Finance and Development for The Clarkson Group, a real estate company focused primarily on limited service hotel development.  Between 1996 and 2004, Mr. Clarkson held various positions in finance and revenue management for the Corporation’s predecessor, Extended Stay America, Inc. Mr. Clarkson is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from the University of Miami, and is a CFA charterholder.  
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      Christopher Dekle

      General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

      Christopher N. Dekle has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Corporation and ESH REIT since June 2018. Mr. Dekle has previously served as Deputy General Counsel, Vice President and Assistant Secretary from October 2013 to June 2018. He previously served as General Counsel and Vice President from April 2010 to October 2013, as Assistant General Counsel from January 2007 to April 2010, and Corporate Counsel from July 2005 to December 2007 at HVM LLC. From 2003 to 2005, he was General Counsel for Employers Life Insurance Corporation. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Dekle was in private practice.
        Kevin A. Henry
        Kevin A. Henry

        Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

        Kevin A. Henry has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Corporation since August 2014. From December 2010 to August 2014, Mr. Henry served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc., a national snack food company. From January 2010 to December 2010, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer of Lance, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Henry served in a variety of positions at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, a beverage manufacturer and distributor, including as Chief Human Resources Officer from 2007 to 2010 and Senior Vice President of Human Resources from 2001 to 2007.
          Howard J. Weissman
          Howard J. Weissman

          Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

          Howard J. Weissman has served as Chief Accounting Officer of the Corporation and ESH REIT and Corporate Controller of ESH REIT since May 2015 and Corporate Controller of the Corporation since November 2013. He previously served as Corporate Controller at HVM LLC from December 2011 to November 2013. From May 2009 to December 2011, Mr. Weissman worked at Campus Crest Communities, Inc., serving as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. From July 2007 through May 2009, Mr. Weissman was Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of EOP Operating Limited Partnership, LP, the private company successor to Equity Office Properties Trust, a commercial office real estate company owned by The Blackstone Group. From May 2003 through May 2007, Mr. Weissman served in a variety of positions with CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, a commercial office real estate company, including as Assistant Controller, Vice President of Shared Services and Controller.
            Randy fox
            Randy Fox

            Executive Vice President, Property Operations

            Mr. Fox has more than 35 years of hotel business experience, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer of InTown Suites and Uptown Suites, an extended stay brand with approximately 200 locations across more than 20 states. He served as Executive Vice President of Operations for WoodSpring Hotels from 2012 to 2016. He earlier spent more than 12 years at Red Roof Inn, including as Senior Vice President of Operations from 2007 to 2012 and Regional Vice President of Operations from 1999 to 2007. He has a bachelor of science in business administration from Franklin University.
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              Kelly Poling

              Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

              Poling has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Commerce Officer since January 2020. Poling was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Premier Worldwide Marketing, the exclusive worldwide representative for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, and previously served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Consumer Revenue from 2017 to 2019. From 2014 to 2017, Poling served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for WoodSpring Hotels, and earlier in her career, spent seven years at Choice Hotels International, leading the corporate strategy, marketing and e-commerce teams. Poling has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The George Washington University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
               
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                Michael L. Kuenne

                Senior Vice President – Chief Customer Experience Officer

                Michael L. Kuenne is the Senior Vice President – Chief Customer Experience Officer at Extended Stay America since January 2020 and is part of the organization’s leadership team with responsibility for Quality Assurance, Guest Relations & Brand Reputation, Brand Standards, Brand Programs, Training and Enterprise Procurement. Previously, Mr. Kuenne held multiple leadership positions in the company’s Technology, Operations and Human Capital organizations. Prior to joining Extended Stay America, Mike held various roles in the Technology practice for The North Highland Company, as well as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, both consultancies focused on Strategic Planning, Change Management and Operations efficiency. He also held multiple management positions with Wells Real Estate Funds, later listed as Piedmont Office Real Estate Trust, a diversified Class ‘A’ office REIT with over 5B in assets. Mr. Kuenne holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business & Political Science from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
                  Nancy Templeton
                  Nancy Templeton

                  Senior Vice President – Chief Information Officer

                  Nancy Templeton is the Senior Vice President – Chief Information Officer at Extended Stay America since January 2020 and is part of the organization’s leadership team with responsibility for all functions in IT and associated Operating and Capital budgets.  Previously, Mrs. Templeton held progressive leadership roles within the IT organization. Prior to joining Extended Stay America in 2015, Mrs. Templeton spent nearly 25 years at Belk, Inc. focused mainly in Merchandising Systems where she had responsibility for implementing large 3rd party applications and management of in-house and offshore support teams.  Prior to her departure, she led a team that was responsible for a 100+MM Financial and Assortment Planning system implementation. Mrs. Templeton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences/Statistics from Clemson University.
                    Board of Directors
                    Bruce N. Haase
                    Bruce N. Haase

                    President / Chief Executive Officer

                    Mr. Haase has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and director of the Corporation since November 2019, Chief Executive Officer and President of ESH REIT since November 2019 and as director of ESH REIT since April 2018. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Haase was the Chief Executive Officer of WoodSpring Hotels, LLC, a leading economy extended stay lodging brand. Mr. Haase led the design, launch and franchising of the WoodSpring Suites brand, including the conversion of properties from the company’s Value Place brand. Mr. Haase previously served in a series of executive positions with Choice Hotels International, Inc. including Executive Vice President, Global Brands, Marketing & Operations (from 2008 to 2012), Senior Vice President, Domestic Brand Operations & International Division (from 2007 to 2008), Senior Vice President, International Division (from 2000 to 2007), and Vice President, Finance & Treasurer (in 2000). Prior to joining Choice, Mr. Haase held a series of positions with The Ryland Group, Inc., Caterair International Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and Goldman, Sachs, & Company.

                      Douglas G. Geoga
                      Douglas G. Geoga

                      Chairman of the Board

                      Mr. Geoga has served as Chair of the Board of the Corporation since July 2013 and as Chair of the Board of Directors of ESH REIT since November 2013. Mr. Geoga served as a non-voting member and the Non-Executive Chair of our predecessor entities, ESH Hospitality Holdings LLC (“Holdings”) and ESH Strategies Holdings LLC (“Strategies Holdings”), from October 2010 to November 2013. Mr. Geoga is President and Chief Executive Officer of Salt Creek Hospitality, LLC, a privately-held firm engaged in making investments in the hospitality industry and providing related advisory services. Mr. Geoga also serves as a consultant to Atlantica Investment Holdings Limited, which through affiliated companies is the second largest manager of hotels in Brazil. Since 2002, Mr. Geoga has served, and from November 2002 to December 2009, Mr. Geoga’s primary occupation was serving, as principal of Geoga Group, LLC, an investment and advisory consulting firm focused primarily on the hospitality industry. Until July 2006, Mr. Geoga’s primary occupation was serving as the President of Global Hyatt Corporation and as the President of Hyatt Corporation and the President of AIC Holding Co., the parent corporation of Hyatt International Corporation, then both privately-held subsidiaries of Global Hyatt Corporation which collectively operated the Hyatt chain of hotels throughout the world. In addition, from 2000 through 2005, Mr. Geoga served as President of Hospitality Investment Fund, LLC, a privately-held firm which was engaged in making investments in lodging and hospitality companies and projects.
                      Chairman of the Board
                         Ellen Keszler
                        Ellen Keszler

                        Member

                        Ms. Keszler has served as a director of the Corporation since February 2018. Ms. Keszler has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Sky Associates, a management and strategy consulting firm focused on the technology and travel industries, since 2008. Previously, Ms. Keszler served as President of Travelocity Business from 2003 to 2007. From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Keszler served as Senior Vice President—North American Division of Sabre Travel Network. From 1987 to 2000, Ms. Keszler held various finance roles at Sabre Holdings, American Airlines and JCPenney. These functions included financial planning, strategic analysis, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and financial operations. Additionally, she serves as an advisor to numerous travel technology startup companies.

                        Financial Expert
                        Jodie W. McLean
                        Jodie W. McLean

                        Member

                        Ms. McLean has served as a director of the Corporation since June 2017. Ms. McLean has served as the Chief Executive Officer of EDENS, a private commercial real estate company that develops, owns, and operates retail community shopping centers in primary markets across the country, since 2015. She joined EDENS in 1990 and has held various positions including Chief Investment Officer from 1997 to 2015 and also President from 2002 to 2015.
                        Financial Expert
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                        Kapila K. Anand

                        Member

                        Ms. Anand has served as a director of the Corporation since July 2016 and as a director of ESH REIT since May 2017. Ms. Anand served as an audit partner and later an advisory partner at KPMG LLP from 1989 until her retirement in March 2016. Ms. Anand joined KPMG LLP in 1979 and served in a variety of roles in addition to her role as a partner, including the National Partner-in-Charge, Public Policy Business Initiatives (from 2008 to 2013) and segment leader for the Travel, Leisure, and Hospitality industry and member of the Global Real Estate Steering Committee (each from 2013 to 2016).
                        Richard F. Wallman
                        Richard F. Wallman

                        Member

                        Mr. Wallman has served as a director of the Corporation since July 2013 and as a director of ESH REIT from November 2013 to May 2016. He previously served as a non-voting member of the board of managers of Holdings and Strategies Holdings from May 2012 to November 2013. Mr. Wallman served as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Honeywell International Inc., a provider of diversified industrial technology and manufacturing products, and its predecessor AlliedSignal, from March 1995 until his retirement in July 2003. Mr. Wallman has also served in senior financial positions with IBM and Chrysler Corporation.
                        Financial Expert
                        Thomas F. O'Toole
                        Thomas F. O'Toole

                        Member

                        Mr. O’Toole has served as a director of the Corporation since May 2017. Since September 2018 he has held the positions of Executive Director of the Program for Data Analytics and Clinical Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He held the position of Senior Fellow and Clinical Professor of Marketing at Kellogg from November 2016 to September 2018. He has also served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company since January 2017.  Mr. O’Toole served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of United Airlines from January 2015 to December 2016, and President of MileagePlus Holdings, LLC from April 2012 to December 2016, of United Continental Airlines, Inc., a global air carrier. Mr. O’Toole joined United Airlines in 2010, serving as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Loyalty from 2012 to 2015, Chief Operating Officer of Mileage Plus Holdings, LLC from 2010 to 2012 and Chief Marketing Officer in 2010. At United Airlines, he was responsible for brand development, marketing, ancillary revenue, ecommerce, digital channels, loyalty, co-brand credit cards, customer data analytics and related functions. Prior to that, he served as an advisor with Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, a management and technology consulting firm, from 2009 to 2010. Mr. O’Toole served in various positions of increasing responsibility at Hyatt Hotels Corporation from 1995 to 2008, including as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer from 2006 to 2008.
                        Governance Documents
                        Title Documents

                        Audit Committee Charter

                        Compensation Committee Charter

                        Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter

                        Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

                        Corporate Governance Guidelines

                        Amended and Restated Bylaws