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Red Lion Hotels Appoints Four New Board Members

SPOKANE, Wash., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced that James P. Evans, David J. Johnson, Robert G. Wolfe and Michael Vernon have been appointed to the company's Board of Directors, effective today.

Following the previously announced retirement of Board members Richard L. Barbieri, which was effective on December 4, 2012, and Donald K. Barbieri on December 31, 2012, as well as the departure of Peter F. Stanton, who left the Board in May 2012, the Board will expand by one director to nine directors, eight of whom are independent.

The four new Board members will stand for election by the shareholders at the company's 2013 annual meeting. 

Donald K. Barbieri said, "I am honored to have served at Red Lion for more than 40 years and believe that the addition of Evans, Johnson, Wolfe and Vernon will further enhance the Board's capabilities as it works closely with the management team to execute strategies focused on creating shareholder value."

"Our four new directors bring a wide range of industry, financial and general business experience to Red Lion and we are pleased to be able to welcome individuals with this high level of executive leadership, industry experience and financial and real estate expertise to the Red Lion Hotels Board," said Jon E. Eliassen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion Hotels Corporation.  "Evans has spent nearly 40 years building an impressive skill set in executive hospitality, hotel and brand management and Johnson, Wolfe and Vernon each have more than 25 years of relevant skills and executive management experience.  We are confident that their collective talents will be immediately additive to our Board's capabilities."

Evans, age 66, brings nearly 40 years of hospitality, hotel and brand management expertise to the Red Lion Hotels Board. Most recently, Evans served as the Chief Executive Officer of Brand USA, the nation's first public-private global marketing effort to promote the U.S. as the world's premier travel destination. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of each of the following companies: Ardent Hotel Advisors, Jenny Craig International and Best Western International.  He has also held executive management positions in operations for DoubleTree Hotel Corporation and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.

Johnson, age 66, brings nearly 30 years of executive management experience to the Red Lion Hotels Board, and joins the company's Board following an eight year tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc.  From 1991 to 1996, Johnson served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion Hotels, Inc.  Earlier in his career, Johnson served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Dillingham Holdings and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Gas Corporation.

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