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Choice Hotels International Extends President and CEO Charles A. Ledsinger's Contract

Choice Hotels International Extends President and CEO Charles A. Ledsinger's Contract

Category: Worldwide -
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2005-12-22

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH) today announced its Board of Directors has extended the employment agreement with Charles A. Ledsinger, Jr., president and chief executive officer, for four years. Under the extension, Ledsinger's contract will run until December 2009.

"We are very pleased that Chuck Ledsinger will continue to provide his tremendous leadership for our company," said Stewart Bainum, Jr., board chairman. "Since Chuck joined Choice in 1998, the company has enjoyed its most dynamic growth and has secured its position as a premier lodging franchisor internationally. We have seen the company's average total annual shareholder return exceed 29% during his tenure. Today our franchise system includes more than 5,000 hotels in more than 40 countries, and Chuck's strategic vision has played an integral role in that success."

"I deeply appreciate the Board's confidence in my leadership, in our strategy and in the exceptional management team we now have in place to guide the company," said Ledsinger. "Today Choice is extremely well-positioned to grow its brands and to provide our franchisees with greater opportunities to maximize their investment. I look forward to the next four years as we strive to take the company's performance to even higher levels."

About Choice Hotels International

Choice Hotels International is one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, marketing more than 5,000 hotels open or under development in more than 40 countries under the Cambria Suites, Clarion, Quality, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand names. For more information on Choice, visit the company's web site at

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

(C) 2005 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities law. Such statements are based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations, which in turn are based on information currently available to management. Actual performance and results could differ from those expressed or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond Choice's ability to predict or control. For further information on factors that could impact Choice and the statements contained herein, we refer you to the filings made by Choice with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form S-4 and report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004.

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