Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & External Affairs
Simone Wu serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors. In this role, Ms. Wu provides leadership to the business as the primary legal advisor to the company’s senior management team and board of directors, and serves as an integral part of the leadership team. As general counsel, her responsibilities include advising on all legal matters including major domestic and international contracts and transactions, and matters relating to securities compliance, SEC filings and governance, licensing, and litigation.
Ms. Wu has more than 20 years of legal and regulatory experience, including expertise in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic commercial transactions and joint ventures, litigation, employment law, and technology and intellectual property issues.
Prior to joining Choice Hotels in February 2012, Ms. Wu served as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for XO Communications, a leading nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, managed network, and IT infrastructure services. She has also held legal and business executive roles at MCI and AOL, and has practices corporate transactional and communications law at Skaddden, Arips, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she counted large media and technology companies among her clients.
Ms. Wu received a degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Columbia University. She serves on the boards of directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and The Inkwell.
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