Simone Wu serves as senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and external affairs for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors, with more than 7,000 hotels in the United States and over 40 other countries and territories.
In addition to leading the company’s legal function, she also oversees risk management, procurement services, external communications and government and public relations. In this role, Ms. Wu is an integral member of the senior leadership team and serves as the primary legal advisor to the board of directors.
Prior to joining Choice Hotels in 2012, Ms. Wu served as executive vice president, general counsel, and administration for XO Communications, a leading nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, managed network, and IT infrastructure services. Previously, Ms. Wu led the international legal team at MCI, and structured technology transactions at AOL. Ms. Wu also practiced law at Skadden, Arps.
Ms. Wu currently serves on the boards of directors of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). and was previously MCCA Board Chair from 2013 to 2015.