Mark Laport, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality Enterprises, one of the top-ranked hotel operators in North America, today announced the appointment of Heather Mallard as the company’s first senior vice president/general counsel. Most recently, Mallard was the general counsel and corporate secretary of a NASDAQ-listed energy technology holding company based in Wilmington, Del. She will be responsible for all strategic and tactical legal matters for the company.
“Heather’s appointment is an important milestone in Concord’s evolution, necessitated by our rapid growth in both third-party management and new development,” said Laport. “Heather brings exactly the right mix of practical business acumen and deal-making savvy to facilitate the aggressive course we have outlined for the coming years.”
Mallard is an experienced negotiator and contracts lawyer who has guided clients through more than $2 billion in transactions during her 23-year tenure with the North Carolina- founded firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. She gained additional experience in her prior position with real estate, labor and employment law.
“Concord has a pronounced entrepreneurial drive and is one of the hospitality industry’s most respected and experienced players,” said Mallard. “My goal will be to marry business practicalities with carefully measured legal risk, so that we can continue building on this foundation of industry and community leadership and aggressive, strategic growth. I believe my experience with both publicly traded companies and nascent businesses will align very well with Concord’s core strengths and forward looking strategies.”
Mallard is a member of the North Carolina state bar and a graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law.
About Concord Hospitality
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, an award-winning hotel management and development company based in Raleigh, N.C., owns and-or manages more than 90 hotels comprised of more than 13,000 guest rooms in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The company operates hotels and resorts under leading brand affiliations including Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Starwood, as well as select independent boutique hotels. Concord properties are some of the most awarded hotels in the country, having won nearly 100 top honors in the past two years alone.