Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & External Affairs
Simone Wu serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & External Affairs for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the largest and most successful lodging franchisors in the world. In this role, Wu serves as the primary legal advisor to the company’s senior management team and Board of Directors. In addition to leading the company’s legal function as general counsel, she also oversees government affairs, risk management, procurement services, external communications and public relations.
Wu joined Choice Hotels in 2012 and has over 30 years of legal and regulatory experience and expertise, particularly in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employment law, and intellectual property issues. Earlier in her career, Wu served as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for XO Communications. She has also held leadership roles at MCI and AOL, and practiced corporate transactional and communications law at Skadden, Arps, Slate and Meagher & Flom.
Throughout her career, Wu has been an outspoken proponent of women and diversity in the workplace, advocating for these themes at numerous industry and legal conferences. She received the 2020 Diamond Award of Excellence from the Corporate Counsel Women of Color in recognition of her career achievements and commitment to the leadership and professional development of women.
Wu earned a degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is a past board member of the International Franchise Association.