Red Lion Hotels Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE: RLH), today announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Greg Mount, resigned his position with the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Mount has also resigned from the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
The Board of Directors will be engaging an executive search firm as soon as possible to conduct a search for a new chief executive officer. The board has appointed a search committee, and Frederic F. (Jake) Brace, an independent director on the Company’s board, has been appointed as the committee chair. Until the Company appoints a new chief executive officer, a management committee comprised of executives will oversee the operations of the Company, reporting to the Board, with Jake Brace as Board liaison to the management committee. The members of the management committee include Gary Sims, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Julie Shiflett, EVP and Chief Financial Officer, and Thomas L. McKeirnan, EVP and General Counsel.
Bob Wolfe, Chairman of the Board, stated, “The board recognizes the operational performance of the Company has not progressed as anticipated. Action was necessary, starting with a search for a new CEO. The board is committed to creating shareholder value. To that end, the Company is focused on delivering superior value and service to our franchisees to stem the pace of terminations, restructuring franchise sales efforts to accelerate franchise growth, and right-sizing the cost structure of the business to reflect RLH’s current size, revenue and profitability requirements. The asset sales of the past few years are largely complete. The Company now needs to put all its effort into building around a strong business proposition for its franchisees and delivering value to shareholders. This effort will take time and will require the right leadership to navigate the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead. We are committed to identifying and hiring a leader to lead Red Lion and enable it to realize its potential for long-term profitable growth.”
About RLH Corporation
RLH Corporation is an innovative hotel company focused on the franchising of upscale, midscale and economy hotels. The company maximizes return on invested capital for hotel owners across North America through relevant brands, industry-leading technology and forward-thinking services. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.rlhco.com.