Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce D. Wardinski serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and director of Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. and previously served as Chief Executive Officer, founding chairman and director of the company’s predecessors from May 2006. From June 2002 to December 2010, Mr. Wardinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Barceló Crestline. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Wardinski was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestline Capital Corporation (NYSE: CLJ). Mr. Wardinski served as a member of the Executive Commission of Barceló Corporación Empresarial of Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Wardinski was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Host Marriott Corporation (NYSE: HMT), a hotel asset management company, from 1996 to 1998. Before this appointment, he served in various other capacities with Host Marriott and Marriott Corporation from 1987 to 1996. In 2003, Mr. Wardinski formed Highland Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: HIH), where he served as Chairman of its board of directors until the sale of the company in 2007. Prior to joining Host Marriott and Marriott Corporation, Mr. Wardinski worked for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Washington D.C., and Goodyear International in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Wardinski graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance. Mr. Wardinski was a founding member and currently serves as Chairman of the ServiceSource Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy group representing people with disabilities. In addition, Mr. Wardinski serves on the boards of directors of DiamondRock Hospitality (NYSE: DRH), the George Mason University Foundation, Inc. and the Board of Advisors of the College of Business at James Madison University.