Interstate names new general counsel

Interstate Hotels & Resorts have announced that Christopher L. Bennett has been named executive vice president and general counsel. Bennett served as senior vice president and general counsel of Interstate and its predecessor companies since 1998 and of MeriStar Hospitality Corporation, a hotel real estate investment trust, between 1998 and 2003, when the two companies concluded their paper-clip REIT relationship.  In his new position, Bennett is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal and human resources departments. 
“Chris has played a key role at Interstate during a critical period of our company’s history that included three major mergers and significant growth,” said Thomas F. Hewitt, chief executive officer.  “In addition to leading us through a number of very complex legal issues, Chris has assumed the additional responsibility of overseeing our human resources department, which encompasses some 32,000 associates worldwide.  In his eight years with Interstate, Chris has proven to be an invaluable asset to our management team and has consistently provided strong leadership and insightful counsel.”

Prior to joining Interstate, Bennett was an associate with the law firms of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine and Thacher Proffitt & Wood, both in New York.