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Board of Directors

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William W. McCarten has served as our Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been a member of our Board of Directors since our formation in 2004. Mr. McCarten was also our Chief Executive Officer from our formation in 2004 until his retirement in September 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store as well as Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. Mr. McCarten is a trustee of The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a not-for-profit land conservation enterprise.

Mr. McCarten worked for the Marriott Corporation, or Marriott International, Inc., and its related entities for over 25 years until January 2004. Among his many positions during those 25 years, Mr. McCarten served as the Chief Executive Officer of HMSHost Corporation, formerly Host Marriott Services Corporation, a publicly-held developer and operator of restaurant and retail concessions in travel and entertainment venues listed on the NYSE from 1995 to 2000. In addition, Mr. McCarten served as non-executive Chairman of HMSHost Corporation from 2000 to 2001. Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. McCarten was an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 to 1979.

Mr. McCarten received his B.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1970, and he served on the Advisory Board of the McIntire School from 1981 to 1996.

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Daniel J. Altobello has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004. Mr. Altobello has been Chairman of Altobello Family LP since 1991. Mr. Altobello also served as chairman of the board of directors of Onex Food Services, Inc., the parent corporation of Caterair International, Inc. and LSG/SKY Chefs from 1995 to 2001. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Altobello was the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Caterair International Corporation. He currently serves on the board of directors of MESA Air Group, Arlington Asset Investment Corp and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., a REIT.

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Mark W. Brugger is the Co-Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of DiamondRock Hospitality Company. Mr. Brugger co-founded the Company in 2004 and successfully led its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange the following year. Mr. Brugger has received recognition for his work at DiamondRock, including being named to the Forbes list of America‘s Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Mr. Brugger has an extensive background in real estate, capital markets and structured finance, including as a former executive for Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR). Mr. Brugger was the lead negotiator on several billion dollars of transactions while at Marriott and, when he was 31 years old, led the acquisition and was subsequently appointed CEO of Marriott‘s single largest non-hotel business unit by revenue.

Mr. Brugger has significant experience serving on and working with boards of directors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of DiamondRock. In addition, he served as a director on the board of Chambers Street (NYSE: CSG). While on the Board, Mr. Brugger sat on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He was also on the Company‘s Board when it underwent an M&A process that lead to a successful merger with Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT).

Prior to Marriott, Brugger gained his real estate experience while working as a land developer with a multinational homebuilder, and as a commercial broker specializing in investment sales with a leading brokerage house in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Mr. Brugger received his J.D. degree with honors from The Washington College of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. Mr. Brugger is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Round Table, YPO International, Marriott‘s Owner Advisory Council, and a Board Member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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Timothy Chi has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2015. Mr. Chi is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of WeddingWire Inc., a leading global marketplace serving the wedding and events industry worldwide. Previously, Mr. Chi co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998 where he pioneered many of Blackboard's s product and strategic initiatives and played a critical role in the success of the company through its public offering in 2004. Mr. Chi holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University.

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Maureen L. McAvey has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004. Ms. McAvey is a Senior Resident Fellow for the Urban Land Institute, or ULI, in Washington, DC, where she has worked in various positions since 2001. ULI is a premier research and education organization within the real estate and land use industry. Ms. McAvey was a member of the board of trustees of ULI from 1995 to 2001. Prior to joining ULI, from 1998 to 2001, Ms. McAvey was Director, Business Development, for Federal Realty Investment Trust, an owner and manager of retail developments and mixed-use developments and a publicly-traded company listed on the NYSE. Ms. McAvey also has served as the Director of Development for the City of St. Louis, a cabinet-level position in the Mayor's office and she was Executive Director of the St. Louis Development Corporation. Prior to working for the City of St. Louis, Ms. McAvey led the real estate consulting practices in Boston for Deloitte & Touche and Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. McAvey directed the west coast operations of Carley Capital Group, a national development firm and also has experience as a private developer. Ms. McAvey holds two masters degrees, one from the University of Minnesota and one from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Gilbert T. Ray has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004. Mr. Ray was a partner in the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP until his retirement in 2000. He practiced corporate law for 28 years and has extensive experience with conventional corporate and tax exempt transactions, as well as international finance. He served as counsel in connection with numerous securities offerings, acquisitions, dispositions and mergers. In addition, Mr. Ray is a member of the board of directors of DineEquity, Inc., a publicly-traded company listed on the NYSE, and formerly served as a member of the board of directors of three other publicly-traded companies.

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William J. Shaw has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2016. He has served as a director of Marriott Vacation Worldwide since July 2011 and as Chairman of the Board of Marriott Vacation Worldwide since November 2011. He served as Vice Chairman of Marriott International, a publicly traded international lodging and hospitality company, from May 2009 until his retirement in March 2011. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Marriott International from 1997 until May 2009. He joined Marriott International in 1974 and was named Corporate Controller in 1979 and a Corporate Vice President in 1982. In 1986, Mr. Shaw was named Senior Vice President-Finance and Treasurer of Marriott International. He became Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Marriott International in 1988. In 1992, he was named President of the Marriott Service Group. Mr. Shaw serves on the Board of Directors of Carlyle Group Management L.L.C., the general partner of The Carlyle Group, L.P. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame and the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital. In the past five years, Mr. Shaw served as a director of Marriott International and also served on the Board of Trustees of three funds in the American Family of Mutual Funds.

Mr. Shaw brings to the Board extensive management experience with Marriott International, his prominent status in the hospitality industry and a wealth of knowledge in dealing with financial and accounting matters as a result of his prior service in financial and accounting positions at Marriott International, including as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shaw also has experience as a board member of publicly traded companies.

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Bruce D. Wardinskihas been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2013. Mr. Wardinski is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts. Prior to forming Playa, Mr. Wardinski served as CEO of Barceló Crestline Corporation ("BCC") from June 2002 until December 2010. He also served as Chairman, President and CEO of Crestline Capital Corporation (NYSE: CLJ) prior to BCC's acquisition in June 2002. In 2003, Mr. Wardinski formed and became Chairman of the Board of Highland Hospitality Company (NYSE: HIH). He has also worked with Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HST) in the role of Senior Vice President and Treasurer.

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    William W. McCarten has served as our Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been a member of our Board of Directors since our formation in 2004. Mr. McCarten was also our Chief Executive Officer from our formation in 2004 until his retirement in September 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store as well as Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. Mr. McCarten is a trustee of The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a not-for-profit land conservation enterprise.

    Mr. McCarten worked for the Marriott Corporation, or Marriott International, Inc., and its related entities for over 25 years until January 2004. Among his many positions during those 25 years, Mr. McCarten served as the Chief Executive Officer of HMSHost Corporation, formerly Host Marriott Services Corporation, a publicly-held developer and operator of restaurant and retail concessions in travel and entertainment venues listed on the NYSE from 1995 to 2000. In addition, Mr. McCarten served as non-executive Chairman of HMSHost Corporation from 2000 to 2001. Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. McCarten was an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 to 1979.

    Mr. McCarten received his B.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1970, and he served on the Advisory Board of the McIntire School from 1981 to 1996.

  • DANIEL J. ALTOBELLO

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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    Daniel J. Altobello has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004. Mr. Altobello has been Chairman of Altobello Family LP since 1991. Mr. Altobello also served as chairman of the board of directors of Onex Food Services, Inc., the parent corporation of Caterair International, Inc. and LSG/SKY Chefs from 1995 to 2001. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Altobello was the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Caterair International Corporation. He currently serves on the board of directors of MESA Air Group, Arlington Asset Investment Corp and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc., a REIT.

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    Mark W. Brugger is the Co-Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of DiamondRock Hospitality Company. Mr. Brugger co-founded the Company in 2004 and successfully led its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange the following year. Mr. Brugger has received recognition for his work at DiamondRock, including being named to the Forbes list of America‘s Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under and a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

    Mr. Brugger has an extensive background in real estate, capital markets and structured finance, including as a former executive for Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR). Mr. Brugger was the lead negotiator on several billion dollars of transactions while at Marriott and, when he was 31 years old, led the acquisition and was subsequently appointed CEO of Marriott‘s single largest non-hotel business unit by revenue.

    Mr. Brugger has significant experience serving on and working with boards of directors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of DiamondRock. In addition, he served as a director on the board of Chambers Street (NYSE: CSG). While on the Board, Mr. Brugger sat on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He was also on the Company‘s Board when it underwent an M&A process that lead to a successful merger with Gramercy Property Trust (NYSE: GPT).

    Prior to Marriott, Brugger gained his real estate experience while working as a land developer with a multinational homebuilder, and as a commercial broker specializing in investment sales with a leading brokerage house in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

    Mr. Brugger received his J.D. degree with honors from The Washington College of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. Mr. Brugger is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Round Table, YPO International, Marriott‘s Owner Advisory Council, and a Board Member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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    Timothy Chi has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2015. Mr. Chi is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of WeddingWire Inc., a leading global marketplace serving the wedding and events industry worldwide. Previously, Mr. Chi co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998 where he pioneered many of Blackboard's s product and strategic initiatives and played a critical role in the success of the company through its public offering in 2004. Mr. Chi holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University.

  • MAUREEN L. McAVEY

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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    Maureen L. McAvey has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004. Ms. McAvey is a Senior Resident Fellow for the Urban Land Institute, or ULI, in Washington, DC, where she has worked in various positions since 2001. ULI is a premier research and education organization within the real estate and land use industry. Ms. McAvey was a member of the board of trustees of ULI from 1995 to 2001. Prior to joining ULI, from 1998 to 2001, Ms. McAvey was Director, Business Development, for Federal Realty Investment Trust, an owner and manager of retail developments and mixed-use developments and a publicly-traded company listed on the NYSE. Ms. McAvey also has served as the Director of Development for the City of St. Louis, a cabinet-level position in the Mayor's office and she was Executive Director of the St. Louis Development Corporation. Prior to working for the City of St. Louis, Ms. McAvey led the real estate consulting practices in Boston for Deloitte & Touche and Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. McAvey directed the west coast operations of Carley Capital Group, a national development firm and also has experience as a private developer. Ms. McAvey holds two masters degrees, one from the University of Minnesota and one from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

  • GILBERT T. RAY

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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    Gilbert T. Ray has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004. Mr. Ray was a partner in the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP until his retirement in 2000. He practiced corporate law for 28 years and has extensive experience with conventional corporate and tax exempt transactions, as well as international finance. He served as counsel in connection with numerous securities offerings, acquisitions, dispositions and mergers. In addition, Mr. Ray is a member of the board of directors of DineEquity, Inc., a publicly-traded company listed on the NYSE, and formerly served as a member of the board of directors of three other publicly-traded companies.

  • WILLIAM J. SHAW

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

  • BRUCE D. WARDINSKI

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

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    William J. Shaw has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2016. He has served as a director of Marriott Vacation Worldwide since July 2011 and as Chairman of the Board of Marriott Vacation Worldwide since November 2011. He served as Vice Chairman of Marriott International, a publicly traded international lodging and hospitality company, from May 2009 until his retirement in March 2011. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Marriott International from 1997 until May 2009. He joined Marriott International in 1974 and was named Corporate Controller in 1979 and a Corporate Vice President in 1982. In 1986, Mr. Shaw was named Senior Vice President-Finance and Treasurer of Marriott International. He became Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Marriott International in 1988. In 1992, he was named President of the Marriott Service Group. Mr. Shaw serves on the Board of Directors of Carlyle Group Management L.L.C., the general partner of The Carlyle Group, L.P. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame and the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital. In the past five years, Mr. Shaw served as a director of Marriott International and also served on the Board of Trustees of three funds in the American Family of Mutual Funds.

    Mr. Shaw brings to the Board extensive management experience with Marriott International, his prominent status in the hospitality industry and a wealth of knowledge in dealing with financial and accounting matters as a result of his prior service in financial and accounting positions at Marriott International, including as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shaw also has experience as a board member of publicly traded companies.

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    Bruce D. Wardinskihas been a member of our Board of Directors since January 2013. Mr. Wardinski is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts. Prior to forming Playa, Mr. Wardinski served as CEO of Barceló Crestline Corporation ("BCC") from June 2002 until December 2010. He also served as Chairman, President and CEO of Crestline Capital Corporation (NYSE: CLJ) prior to BCC's acquisition in June 2002. In 2003, Mr. Wardinski formed and became Chairman of the Board of Highland Hospitality Company (NYSE: HIH). He has also worked with Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HST) in the role of Senior Vice President and Treasurer.

Communications with Directors

The Company invites shareholders and other interested parties to communicate any concerns they may have about the Company directly and confidentially with any of the presiding directors, non-management directors or full board of directors by writing to the Lead Director, Independent Directors or Board of Directors at the following address:

DiamondRock Hospitality Company
3 Bethesda Metro Center
Suite 1500
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(240) 744-1150