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Corporate Governance - Extended Stay America

Executive Officers
 Jonathan S. Halkyard
Jonathan S. Halkyard

President / Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan S. Halkyard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc since January 2018. From January 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Financial Officer for the Company. From October 2013 to December 2014, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Operating Officer for the Company as well as Interim Chief Financial Officer from July 2014 to December 2014. From July 2012 to September 2013, Mr. Halkyard served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NV Energy, Inc., a holding company providing energy services and products in Nevada, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company. From March 1999 to May 2012, Mr. Halkyard held various positions with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly known as Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.), including Vice President (2002 to 2005), Treasurer (2003 to 2010), Senior Vice President (2005 to 2010), Executive Vice President (2010 to 2012) and Chief Financial Officer (2006 to 2012). Mr. Halkyard currently serves on the board of directors of Dave & Buster's, Inc.
    Brian Nicholson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian T. Nicholson has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation and ESH REIT since May 2018.  Mr. Nicholson previously served as Chief Financial Officer for The Fresh Market, Inc., where he also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2017 to September 2017.  From September 2015 to July 2016, Mr. Nicholson was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Driven Brands, Inc.  From June 2012 to  September 2015, Mr. Nicholson was the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Corporation.  He previously served in finance, strategy, and consulting roles for The Fresh Market, Inc. and ScottMadden, Inc. 

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      Christopher Dekle

      General Counsel

      Christopher N. Dekle has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Corporation and ESH REIT since June 2018.  Mr. Dekle previously served as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of the Corporation and ESH REIT from October 2013 to June 2018.  He previously served as General Counsel and Vice President at HVM LLC from April 2010 to October 2013, as Assistant General Counsel from January 2007 to April 2010, and Corporate Counsel from July 2005 to January 2007.  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 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.
          James G. Alderman Jr.
          James G. Alderman Jr.

          Executive Vice President and Chief Asset Merchant

          James G. Alderman Jr. has served as Chief Asset Merchant of the Corporation and ESH REIT since November 2016. He previously served as Chief Development Officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants from July 2013 to November 2016. From March 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Alderman was principal of Alderman Hospitality, a hospitality real estate consulting firm. Prior to that, Mr. Alderman held various leadership positions with other lodging companies such as Wyndham Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
            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.
              Ames B. Flynn
              Ames B. Flynn

              Chief Information Officer

              Ames B. Flynn has served as Chief Information Officer of the Corporation since August 2013. Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr. Flynn held executive positions including Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Investment Officer (from October 2012 to August 2013) at Rent-A-Center, Vice President, Digital Strategy and IT Business Solutions (from May 2011 to October 2012) at Michael’s Stores, Director, Retail Store Development (from 2009 to 2011) at Delhaize America, a food retailer, and Vice President, Sales/eCommerce (from 2006 to 2008) at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Mr. Flynn has served as a board member of the Dallas CIO Executive Council and is a past president of the Information Technology Committee, American Furniture Manufacturing Association.
                M. Thomas Buoy
                M. Thomas Buoy

                Executive Vice President, Marketing and Revenue Management

                M. Thomas Buoy has served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Revenue Management of the Corporation since October 2016. He served as Executive Vice President, Pricing and Revenue Optimization of the Corporation from November 2013 to October 2016 and served in the same position at HVM LLC from August 2011 to November 2013. From 1999 to August 2011, Mr. Buoy held various positions with Morgans Hotel Group Co. (formerly Ian Schrager Hotels). He served as Senior Vice President of Customer Market and Revenue Management (from 2007 to 2011), Senior Vice President of Distribution and Revenue Management (from 2005 to 2007), Vice President of Distribution and Revenue Management (from 2002 to 2005) and Corporate Director of Revenue Management (from 1999 to 2002). Prior to that, Mr. Buoy served as a Manager in Ernst & Young’s Hospitality Services Group from 1997 to 1999.
                  Board of Directors
                   Jonathan S. Halkyard
                  Jonathan S. Halkyard

                  President / Chief Executive Officer

                  Jonathan S. Halkyard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc since January 2018. From January 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Financial Officer for the Company. From October 2013 to December 2014, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Operating Officer for the Company as well as Interim Chief Financial Officer from July 2014 to December 2014. From July 2012 to September 2013, Mr. Halkyard served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NV Energy, Inc., a holding company providing energy services and products in Nevada, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company. From March 1999 to May 2012, Mr. Halkyard held various positions with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly known as Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.), including Vice President (2002 to 2005), Treasurer (2003 to 2010), Senior Vice President (2005 to 2010), Executive Vice President (2010 to 2012) and Chief Financial Officer (2006 to 2012). Mr. Halkyard currently serves on the board of directors of Dave & Buster's, Inc.
                    Douglas G. Geoga
                    Douglas G. Geoga

                    Chairman of the Board

                    Douglas G. Geoga has served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Corporation since July 2013 and as Chairman of the Board of ESH REIT since November 2013. Mr. Geoga served as a non-voting member and the Non-Executive Chairman of our predecessor entities, ESH Hospitality Holdings LLC and ESH Strategies Holdings LLC, 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. He serves as a director of Carefree Communities, Inc., a company that owns and operates a chain of recreational vehicle/mobile home communities in the United States and Canada. 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. From October 2012 until September 2015, Mr. Geoga also served as Executive Chairman of Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, an owner and operator of residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers. 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, both privatelyheld 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. He also serves on the board of directors and audit committee of Kemper Corporation and the audit committee of the Corporation. Mr. Geoga’s history as president of Hyatt Corporation, a global leader in its industry, as well as his extensive experience in private business investment, brings to the Board the perspective of both an operating executive and one who is sophisticated in corporate investments and finance.
                    Chairman of the Board
                       Ellen Keszler
                      Ellen Keszler

                      Member

                      Ms. Keszler has served has a director of the company since February 2018. Ms. Keszler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Sky Associates, and serves as a board member or an advisor to numerous travel technology related companies. She previously served as President of Travelocity Business from 2003 to 2007, and as Senior Vice President - North American Division of Sabre Travel Network from 2000 to 2004. 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. She also serves on several boards, including the board of directors, as well as the audit and nominating/governance committee of PROS Holdings, Inc. She was previously served as the finance committee chair on the North Texas Public Broadcasting board.

                      Ms. Keszler’s extensive experience in technology, travel distribution, revenue management, customer engagement, and finance brings to the Board a significant understanding of issues and risks that affect the Corporation.

                      Financial Expert
                      Jodie W. McLean
                      Jodie W. McLean

                      Member

                      Jodie W. McLean has served as a director of the Corporation since June 2017. Ms. McLean is 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. She joined EDENS in 1994 and has held various positions including Chief Investment Officer from 1997 to 2015 and also as President from 2002 to 2015. Ms. McLean is a trustee of both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. She serves as a director of Cushman & Wakefield plc. Ms McLean serves on the Wofford College board, as well as boards of several other institutions and charities. Her extensive experience in consumer retail trends, customer engagement, real estate and investments brings to the Board a significant understanding of issues and risks that affect the Corporation.
                      Financial Expert
                      Kapila K. Anand
                      Kapila K. Anand

                      Member

                      Ms. Kapila K. Anand has served as a director of the Corporation since July 2016. Ms Anand served as an audit and later 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). Ms. Anand has served on KMPG LLP boards in the U.S. and Americas, the board of the Franciscan Ministries, and as the chair of both the KPMG Foundation as well as the Chicago Network. Ms. Anand is currently a Director for Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. and Elanco Animal Health, Inc. She is currently the Lead Director for the Women Corporate Directors Education and Development Foundation and serves on a variety of non-profit boards including Rush University Medical Center and the US Fund for UNICEF. Ms. Anand currently serves as a member of the audit committee of the Corporation.
                      Richard F. Wallman
                      Richard F. Wallman

                      Member

                      Richard F. Wallman has served as a director of the Corporation since July 2013 and as a director of ESH REIT since November 2013 and 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. He also serves on the board of directors of Roper Technologies, Inc., the board of directors and audit committee of Convergys Corporation, the board of directors and audit committee of Wright Medical Group N.V. and the board of directors of Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. Mr. Wallman also currently serves on the board of directors and audit committee of ESH REIT, but has notified the board of directors of ESH REIT of his intention to resign effective upon the election of his successor at ESH REIT’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders. Mr. Wallman previously served on the boards of directors of Ariba, Inc. and Dana Holding Corporation. Mr. Wallman’s extensive financial background brings to the Board a significant understanding of the financial issues and risks that affect the Corporation. Mr. Wallman also serves on the boards of other diverse publicly held companies, which gives him a multi-industry perspective and exposure to developments and issues that impact the management and operations of a large scale corporation.
                      Thomas F. O'Toole
                      Thomas F. O'Toole

                      Member

                      Thomas F. O'Toole has served as a director since May 2017. Since November 2016 he has held the position of Senior Fellow and Clinical Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Senior Advisor with 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 Holdings, 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). Mr. O'Toole also serves on the board of directors and audit committee of Alliant Energy Corporation and the board of directors of LSC Communications, Inc.
                      Governance Documents
                      Title Documents

                      Audit Committee Charter

                      Compensation Committee Charter

                      Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter

                      Code of Business Conduct Ethics

                      Corporate Governance Guidelines

                      Amended and Restated Bylaws