Bill Tennis, DiamondRock EVP/general counsel, to retire

DiamondRock Hospitality Company, a lodging-focused real estate investment trust that owns a portfolio of 36 hotels and resorts in the U.S., has revealed that Bill Tennis, its longtime EVP/general counsel, will retire effective June 30.

Tennis, who joined the company in 2010, has played a leading role in representing the company in many of its strategic decisions and has been a trusted advisor to the CEO and other company executives. His legal career spanned private practice in New York City; legal and business roles at Marriott International; and concluded with his contributions at DiamondRock.

“Bill has been an indispensable part of the leadership team at DiamondRock,” said Mark Brugger, president/CEO, DiamondRock Hospitality Company. “His thoughtfulness, intelligence and unique perspective allowed the company to make better decisions, which have contributed to many of our milestone achievements over the last 14 years. We wish him great happiness in his well-earned retirement.”

The company has engaged Heidrick & Struggles to conduct a nationwide search for a new legal counsel.