Mallard appointed SVP and general counsel at Concord Hospitality Enterprises

George Sell By George Sell
27 October 2014 | Updated 27 October 2014

US: Heather Mallard has been appointed as Concord Hospitality Enterprises’ first senior vice president and general counsel.

US: Heather Mallard has been appointed as Concord Hospitality Enterprises' first senior vice president and general counsel.

She joins from NASDAQ-listed energy technology holding company Acorn Energy, where she held the same position, and will be responsible for all strategic and tactical legal matters for Concord.

Mallard is an experienced negotiator and contracts lawyer who has guided clients through more than $2 billion of transactions during her 23-year tenure with the North Carolina- founded firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. She gained additional experience in her prior position with real estate, labour and employment law.

Mark Laport, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality Enterprises, said: "Heather's appointment is an important milestone in Concord's evolution, necessitated by our rapid growth in both third-party management and new development. Heather brings exactly the right mix of practical business acumen and deal-making savvy to facilitate the aggressive course we have outlined for the coming years."

Mallard said: "Concord has a pronounced entrepreneurial drive and is one of the hospitality industry's most respected and experienced players. My goal will be to marry business practicalities with carefully measured legal risk, so that we can continue building on this foundation of industry and community leadership and aggressive, strategic growth. I believe my experience with both publicly traded companies and nascent businesses will align very well with Concord's core strengths and forward looking strategies."

Concord owns and/or manages more than 90 hotels comprised of more than 13,000 guest rooms in 20 US states and two Canadian provinces. The company operates hotels and resorts under leading brand affiliations including Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Starwood, as well as select independent boutique hotels.

www.concordhotels.com

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