VERO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE: ARR, ARR PrA and ARR PrB) (NYSE MKT: ARR.WS) ("ARMOUR" or the "Company") today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Ms. Carolyn Downey as a new independent member of the Board of Directors of the Company, effective September 3, 2013. Ms. Downey has also been appointed as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, effective September 3, 2013. With the appointment of Ms. Downey, the Company expects to regain compliance with Section 303A.01 of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual and Section 802(a) of the NYSE MKT LLC Company Guide, both which require a majority of independent directors on the Company's Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors has further appointed Mr. Mark Gruber, Head of Portfolio Management, to the additional post of Chief Operating Officer of the Company, effective September 3, 2013.
Ms. Downey has over 25 years of institutional capital markets experience working with leading institutions in global finance. From 1989 until 2007, Ms. Downey was a Managing Director of RBS Greenwich Capital, a fixed income sales, trading and finance firm serving institutional clients, and a U.S. Government securities primary dealer. At RBS Greenwich Capital, Ms. Downey was responsible for relationships with real-estate investment trusts, financial institutions, hedge funds, investment managers and proprietary trading desks, participated in structuring and distribution of net interest margin securities, commercial mortgage securities and collateralized mortgage obligations, and advised on hedging strategies using derivative products and synthetic swaps. Prior to her time at RBS Greenwich Capital, Ms. Downey was a Vice President of Fixed Income Sales at Salomon, Inc. from 1981 until 1989, where she was for some time responsible for residual product placement and other equity tranches of structured debt and sourcing residuals from mortgage originators and security issuers. Ms. Downey also previously served as a mortgage product specialist in London and a thrift specialist in New York. She holds a B.A. degree from St. Mary's College in Sociology, a B.S. degree in Accounting from Boston University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Ms. Downey serves on the Advisory Board of the Patron's Program, Archdiocese of Manhattan, a partnership of patrons, the Archdiocese and school leaders, and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Student Sponsor Partners.