Columbia Property Trust appoints new board chair

Columbia Property Trust appoints new board chair
Constance B. Moore has been appointed as chair of the board of directors of Columbia Property Trust

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. has appointed Constance B. Moore as chair of its board of directors, effective December 31, 2020.

Constance Moore has served as an independent director on Columbia’s board since 2017. She succeeds John L. Dixon who has served as chair since 2012 and as a member of Columbia’s board of directors since 2008.

Ms. Moore has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, most recently serving as president, CEO, and a board member of BRE Properties. She previously held several executive positions with Security Capital Group & Affiliates. Ms. Moore was the 2009 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and currently is a trustee and governor of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She also serves as a board member for the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, the ULI Foundation, and ULI Global, as well as several other public companies and non-profit organizations.

Columbia said Mr. Dixon has elected to step down as chair but will continue as an independent director on the board.

It has been an incredible honor to serve as board chair for the past eight years, and I am thrilled to leave the board’s guidance and governance on behalf of Columbia’s investors in Connie’s extremely capable hands,” said Mr. Dixon. “Connie’s extensive industry experience, as well as her deep understanding of Columbia, make her an outstanding steward of Columbia’s continued success.”

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“I am honored to be able to lead the board of directors and work closely with Columbia’s management team to create value for our investors,” said Ms. Moore. “John has filled this role for many years with the utmost integrity, and I am grateful that we will continue to benefit from his experience and leadership as a board member. I believe Columbia’s board, leadership team, and platform are well equipped to maintain value and unlock additional growth opportunities in our key markets of New York, D.C., Boston, and my own hometown of San Francisco.”

“I am deeply grateful to John for his impeccable service and unwavering dedication over the past 12 years,” said Nelson Mills, Columbia’s president, CEO and executive director. “His leadership and knowledge have been invaluable throughout our history as a publicly-traded company, since our listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013 and as we have transformed the company’s portfolio and expanded both our platform and management team in our key gateway markets.”

Mr. Mills continued, “Since Connie joined our board three years ago, we have come to rely deeply on her extensive experience and connections. I look forward to working together as we continue to execute our long-term value creation strategy on behalf of Columbia’s stakeholders.”