Katherine G. Lugar serves as an Independent Director and as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Ms. Lugar currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Beverage Association, having most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the largest trade association representing the U.S. lodging industry. In that role, she was responsible for setting the strategic vision for AH&LA and all of its affiliates, while championing the industry’s voice on Capitol Hill, within the Administration and beyond Washington, D.C. Working directly with the officers and board of directors, Lugar transformed AH&LA, growing the 25,000-strong group to its highest point in the organization’s history and focusing its core mission on effective advocacy and offensive communications.
Ms. Lugar has nearly 25 years of experience in private sector public affairs, working on Capitol Hill and previously served as executive vice president, public affairs, with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the nation’s largest retail companies. Before her time at RILA, she was vice president of government relations for Travelers Insurance, serving as the company’s chief representative before Congress and the administration. Prior to that, she served as vice president of legislative and political affairs at the National Retail Federation.
A graduate of The University of Colorado – Boulder, Ms. Lugar’s career in Washington, D.C. began on the staff of Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer. She currently sits on numerous non-profit Boards, including the Bipartisan Policy Center, US Travel Association and the Bryce Harlow Foundation and was recently named incoming Chair of the Board of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private sector funder of pediatric cancer research.