Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) (the “Company”), a leading real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, today announced that its current President and Chief Operating Officer, John B. Kessler, will leave the Company after an orderly transition. The role of president will be assumed by Anthony E. Malkin, the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The Company will not fill the position of chief operating officer.
“The Board of Directors and I thank John for his service and many contributions to ESRT since he joined us more than five years ago, including his leadership in our capital markets activities, our CFO transition, and initiatives that enhanced our culture and strengthened our team,” said Mr. Malkin and Lead Director Steven J. Gilbert. “On behalf of the entire Company, we wish John well in his future endeavors and greatly appreciate his thoughtful dedication and commitment to a smooth transition,” they continued.
The Company recently announced the appointment of its new EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Christina Chiu, and its new SVP and Chief Investment Officer, Aaron D. Ratner.
About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of March 31, 2020, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio.
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