Neil H. Shah
President and Chief Operating Officer
Hersha Hospitality Trust
Mr. Neil H. Shah has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Hersha Hospitality Trust since 2006. Mr. Shah has led the Company’s hotel acquisitions, development, and asset management platforms since 2000. Prior to Hersha, Mr. Shah served as a Director and Consultant with The Advisory Board Company and the Corporate Executive Board, strategy research firms based in Washington D.C. Mr. Shah has also worked with the Phipps Foundation contributing to urban renewal projects in New York City. Across the last ten years, Mr. Shah has been instrumental in the acquisition and management of over $2 billion of hotel real estate in major markets. Mr. Shah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Management, both with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. He earned his master’s in business administration from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Shah serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Constitution Center and is a member of its investment committee, the Corporate Council of the Barnes Foundation, and is a research sponsor at the Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton Real Estate Center in Philadelphia, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. He is also a Trustee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation and co-Chairman of the Institutional Real Estate Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC). Mr. Shah is an active supporter of the United Way Worldwide and a Tocqueville Society member.