GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYSE:PSB) announced today that Stephen W. Wilson has been appointed as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Wilson has been serving as interim President and Chief Executive Officer since January 17, 2022. Mr. Wilson has been a director of the Company since July 2019 and will continue to serve as a director.
Mr. Wilson was Executive Vice President—Development of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB) (“AvalonBay”), a real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, and manages multifamily communities in the United States, from 2014 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that role, Mr. Wilson held various senior leadership positions and was responsible for development activities on the West Coast and Mid-Atlantic at AvalonBay. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Urban Land Institute, former chair of the ULI Transit Oriented Development Council, and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Wilson received his B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting) from Washington State University.
Ronald L. Havner, Jr., the Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are excited to welcome Steve as our permanent President and Chief Executive Officer. During his time as a director and as our interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Steve has demonstrated a deep understanding of the Company and its strategy and brings extensive REIT management experience and real estate expertise from his more than 21 years at AvalonBay. We look forward to continuing to work with Steve to capitalize on the many opportunities ahead of us.”
Mr. Wilson said, “I am looking forward to continuing to work with our Board of Directors and senior management team to serve our customers and create long-term value for our stakeholders through the execution of our strategic plan.”
PS Business Parks, Inc. (NYSE:PSB), a S&P MidCap 400 company, is a REIT that acquires, develops, owns, and operates commercial properties, predominantly multi-tenant industrial, industrial-flex, and low-rise suburban office space. Located primarily in major coastal markets, PS Business Parks’ 97 properties serve approximately 5,000 tenants in 28 million square feet of space as of December 31, 2021. The portfolio also includes 800 residential units (including units in-process).
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