Apple Hospitality REIT announced that David Buckley, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, plans to retire on April 15, 2019. Mr. Buckley has been with the Apple REIT Companies for almost 15 years and has played a vital role in the Companies’ growth and success. Mr. Buckley’s responsibilities will be assumed by Matthew Rash, who intends to join the Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel on March 18, 2019. Mr. Rash is currently a partner with McGuireWoods LLP, where he has specialized in commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and lending. Mr. Rash joined McGuireWoods LLP in 2005, and since that time, he has worked with the Apple REIT Companies on numerous transactions.
Justin Knight, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, “I cannot thank Dave enough for his tremendous contributions to our success over the years. He will certainly be missed and we all wish him the best in retirement.” Mr. Knight added, “We are excited to have Matt, whom we have known and worked with for years, join us. He has outstanding experience, will be a great complement to our team, and I am confident will build on Dave’s accomplishments.”