Apple Hospitality REIT welcomes Howard Woolley to its Board of Directors

– USA, VA –  Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (NYSE: APLE) today announced the appointment of Howard Woolley to its Board of Directors, effective March 1, 2021., increasing the size of the Board from eight to nine members.

Mr. Woolley was also appointed to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, effective March 1, 2021.

“We are delighted to welcome Howard to our Board of Directors,” said Executive Chairman, Glade Knight. “When we began the search to expand our Board last year, we sought individuals with leadership experience in finance, technology or government affairs. Howard brings tremendous experience to our Board, as a leader in public policy, regulatory and government affairs and as a key contributor to a variety of strategic, transformational transactions for large technology and wireless corporations. Howard will be an outstanding addition to our Board, and we look forward to his insight and leadership.”

About Howard Woolley

Mr. Woolley has served as President of Howard Woolley Group, LLC, government relations, public policy, regulatory risk, and diversity, equity, and inclusion advisory firm serving large technology and wireless industry corporations, since January 2015. Before founding Howard Woolley Group, LLC, Mr. Woolley had a successful 20-year career with Verizon Communications Inc. until he retired from the company in 2013. During his tenure with Verizon, Mr. Woolley was instrumental in the creation and expansion of Verizon Wireless, leading federal and state government affairs, public policy, and regulatory matters; leading the corporation’s strategic outreach to civil rights, consumer and public interest organizations; and serving as the public policy advisor to all CEOs from the founding of Verizon Wireless in 2000. While at Verizon, Mr. Woolley served as SVP, Wireless Policy and Strategic Alliances (2010 – 2013), SVP, Federal and State Government Affairs (2000 – 2010), and in executive leadership positions including VP, Wireless Policy and International Government Affairs (1993 – 2000). From 1981 until 1993, Mr. Woolley served in various congressional affairs and regulatory public policy positions ultimately rising to the position of VP, Regulatory Affairs, with the National Association of Broadcasters.

Mr. Woolley currently serves as the Lead Independent Director for the Somos, Inc. Board of Directors and serves on the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee of such board. Mr. Woolley also serves on the Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America Board of Directors where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination, Evaluation, and Compensation Committee of such board. Mr. Woolley is on the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins Medicine where he co-chairs the External Affairs and Community Engagement Committee, which has oversight of the institution’s efforts to inform the community about COVID-19. Mr. Woolley is on the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and Academic Affairs Committee for such board. He has served on the boards of The Executive Leadership Council, the World Affairs Council, UnidosUS, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Everybody Wins DC and is a recipient of the National Urban League’s highest award for service on their Board of Trustees.

Mr. Woolley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Master of Administrative Sciences degree in Business Administration and Management from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Woolley is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow.

About Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of upscale, rooms-focused hotels in the United States. Apple Hospitality’s portfolio consists of 234 hotels with approximately 30,000 guest rooms located in 88 markets throughout 35 states. Concentrated on industry-leading brands, the Company’s portfolio consists of 104 Marriott-branded hotels, 125 Hilton-branded hotels, three Hyatt-branded hotels, and two independent hotels.

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