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HARRISBURG, PA-John N. Sabin, a 20-year veteran in lodging and hospitality, has been appointed to the board of locally based Hersha Hospitality Trust. He replaces L. McCarthy Downs, who served on the board since the company went public in 1999 and resigned to pursue other professional activities on June 30.

Sabin will also serve as an independent trustee on Hersha’s audit committee. He has held executive positions with Marriott Corp.; Vistana, which is now owned by Starwood; Choice Hotels International, and Hudson Hotels.

He is the current CFO, general council and secretary of Hanover, MD-based Novascreen Biosciences Corp., a contract research biotech company. He also serves on the board of Fairfield, CT-based Competitive Technologies Inc.

Hersha currently owns 18 hotels in NY, PA, MD and GA. The hospitality REIT focuses on premium limited and full-service hotels in the eastern U.S. and on acquisition and JV opportunities in primary and secondary markets near major metropolitan areas.

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