Welcome aboard new Chief Accounting Officer and General Counsel!

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  • DiamondRock Hospitality has promoted Stephen Spierto to Chief Accounting Officer and hired Anika Fischer as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
  • Spierto brings 12 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality audit practice, while Fischer has extensive expertise in legal matters related to real estate.

DiamondRock Hospitality, a real estate investment trust specializing in lodging, recently announced the promotion of Stephen Spierto to Chief Accounting Officer and the hiring of Anika Fischer as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Spierto, who previously served as Vice President, Corporate Controller at the company, brings a wealth of experience from his 12 years at Ernst & Young, LLP. Fischer, on the other hand, joins DiamondRock from Essex Property Trust, Inc., where she served as Deputy General Counsel for nine years.

In his new role as Chief Accounting Officer, Spierto will be overseeing corporate accounting, financial reporting, and technical accounting at DiamondRock. With a background in real estate and hospitality audit, he is poised to bring valuable insights and expertise to the company’s financial operations. Fischer, as the new General Counsel, will be responsible for legal matters at DiamondRock, taking over from William J. Tennis, who is set to retire at the end of June. With experience in capital markets transactions, securities, corporate governance, and real estate deals, Fischer is expected to play a crucial role in guiding the company through legal challenges and opportunities.

In a statement, Jeffrey J. Donnelly, CEO of DiamondRock, expressed confidence in the abilities of both Spierto and Fischer to contribute to the company’s success. He highlighted Spierto’s business acumen and Fischer’s legal expertise, emphasizing their roles in positioning DiamondRock as a top performer in the lodging sector. With these new appointments, DiamondRock Hospitality looks to strengthen its leadership team and drive continued growth and success in the real estate and hospitality industry.

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