DiamondRock Hospitality appoints Justin Leonard EVP/COO

DiamondRock Hospitality Company has appointed Justin Leonard as EVP/COO effective July 18.
Leonard will assume leadership responsibility of asset management and serve on the company’s executive committee, reporting directly to Mark W. Brugger, president/CEO.

Prior to joining DiamondRock, Leonard was at Walton Street Capital LLC for 20 years, most recently as a senior principal, where he was responsible for the oversight and asset management of the firm’s hotel investments since 2007. During his tenure, he directed the asset management of 60 branded and independent hotels totaling more than 20,000 rooms.

“We are excited to welcome an executive of Justin’s caliber to our team,” said Brugger. “His depth of operating knowledge and experience driving value allow him to make an immediate impact. DiamondRock is well-positioned to be the top performer in the lodging sector for years to come.”