Management

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Richard E. Marriott
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Marriott is our Chairman of the Board. He is Chairman of the Board of First Media Corporation and the former director and past chair of the Polynesian Cultural Center. He is the Chairman and a director of the J. Willard Marriott and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and a director of the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation. Mr. Marriott also serves on the Federal City Council and the National Advisory Council of Brigham Young University. He previously served on the Board of Marriott International, Inc. and is a past President of the National Restaurant Association. In addition, Mr. Marriott is the President and a Trustee of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.


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W. Edward Walter
President, Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Walter, 56, is our President and Chief Executive Officer. He joined our Company in 1996 as Senior Vice President for Acquisitions, and was later named Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer before becoming our Chief Financial Officer in 2003. He became our President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2007. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Walter was a partner with Trammell Crow Residential Company and the President of Bailey Capital Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and is a member of its Audit Committee and Investment and Finance Committee. He is Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation, is on the board of the Friendship Public Charter School, the largest charter school system in the District of Columbia, and is a member of the Executive Board and serves as First Vice Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.


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Elizabeth  A. Abdoo
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Elizabeth A. Abdoo joined our company in June 2001 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and became Executive Vice President in February 2003. She was elected Secretary in August 2001. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Abdoo served as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Orbital Sciences Corporation from 1996 to May 2001.


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Minaz  Abji
Executive Vice President, Asset Management

Minaz Abji joined our company in 2003 as Executive Vice President Asset Management. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Abji was President of Canadian Hotel Income Properties REIT, a Canadian REIT located in Vancouver, British Columbia where he began working in August 1998. Mr. Abji previously worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Canada (which purchased Westin) as area managing director from October 1994 to August 1998. He was a general manager for Westin from 1986 to August 1998.


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Joanne G. Hamilton
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Joanne G. Hamilton joined our company as Executive Vice President, Human Resources in January 2010. Prior to joining our company, she was the Chief Human Resource Officer for Beers + Cutler, an accounting and consulting firm based in Vienna, Virginia from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Beers + Cutler, Ms. Hamilton served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Spirent PLC, a global telecommunications company, from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that time, Ms. Hamilton was Senior Vice President at Visual Networks and Vice President of Human Resources at Telecommunications Techniques Corporation.

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Gregory J. Larson
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Gregory J. Larson joined our company in October 1993 as Senior Manager of Partnerships and was promoted to Director of Acquisitions in 1996. Mr. Larson joined the Treasury group as Vice President of Corporate Finance in 1998, assumed leadership of the Investor Relations department in 2000, was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2002, and was elected Treasurer in 2005. In 2007 Mr. Larson was selected to lead our corporate strategy and fund management business and elected to Executive Vice President, and was elected Chief Financial Officer in May 2013. Prior to joining us, Mr. Larson served in various accounting positions with Marriott International, Inc. and worked in public accounting.


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James F. Risoleo
Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Europe

James F. Risoleo joined our company in 1996 as Senior Vice President for Acquisitions, and he was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in 2000. Effective in 2012, he became managing director of the company’s European business activities and is responsible for acquisitions and dispositions for the company and our European Joint Venture. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Risoleo served as Vice President of Development for Interstate Hotels Corporation, then the nation's largest independent hotel management company. Before joining Interstate, he was Senior Vice President at Westinghouse Financial Services.


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Brian G. Macnamara
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

Brian G. Macnamara joined our company in February 1996 and was promoted to Vice President, Assistant Corporate Controller in February 2007, and was elected Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller in September 2007. Prior to serving as Assistant Corporate Controller, Mr. Macnamara served as Vice President, Financial Reporting and Corporate Real Estate. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Macnamara worked at the Securities & Exchange Commission and Deloitte & Touche.