Crestline Hotels & Resorts appoints SVP/general counsel

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown exterior
Crestline Hotels & Resorts operates 114 hotels, resorts and conference centers, including the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown. Photo credit: Hilton

Hospitality management company Crestline Hotels & Resorts named Mónica León Bernstein SVP/general counsel. Bernstein succeeded Pierre Donahue, who is retiring from the Crestline after 13 years as EVP/general counsel.

Bernstein joined Crestline from Interstate Hotels & Resorts, where she worked for six years, first as corporate counsel and then as SVP/assistant general counsel. Before that, she represented clients in matters involving complex commercial litigation, contract law, securities law, the False Claims Act and general torts as an associate with Williams & Connolly.

“Monica’s extensive experience in negotiating hotel management and franchise agreements, and her experience protecting the owner and manager’s rights under these agreements, provides a perfect fit for Crestline’s growing business,” James Carroll, president/CEO of Crestline, said in a statement.  “Moreover, Monica’s expertise with investment agreements will help us with our aggressive plans to grow the company by deploying $300 million in the U.S. hospitality sector.”

Founded in 2000, Crestline manages 114 hotels, resorts and conference centers with nearly 17,000 rooms. It operates properties under Marriott International, Hilton and Hyatt Hotels Corp. brands, as well as independent, private-label hotels and conference centers.