Ashford Hospitality Trust Announces Senior Management Promotions
In addition, the Company announced that David A. Brooks has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Since the Company’s initial public offering in 2003, Mr. Brooks had been Chief Legal Officer and Head of Transactions.
Mr. Bennett continued, “The promotion of David to Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel recognizes his multidimensional capabilities. David engages in every phase of the Company’s business, especially including the negotiation, structuring, and closing of transactions, and advises on all facets of the Company’s strategies, corporate governance and legal concerns. His unique combination of business acumen and legal expertise greatly enhance Ashford’s ability to achieve our strategic goals. David’s command of the smallest detail to the broadest issue provides us with the expertise to implement our key strategies.”
Ashford currently has $185 million of free cash on hand, with a weighted-average cost of debt at 3.340%. Ashford has one hard debt maturity of $29M in 2009 and one hard debt maturity of $75M in 2010. All other debt maturities occur in 2011 and beyond.
Ashford Hospitality Trust is a self-administered real estate investment trust focused on investing in the hospitality industry across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure, including direct hotel investments, first mortgages, mezzanine loans and sale-leaseback transactions. Additional information can be found on the Company's web site at .
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