Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC) announced that its Board of Trustees has elected C. Taylor Pickett and Philip L. Hawkins to serve on the Company’s Board, effective November 21, 2013, and January 1, 2014, respectively.
"We are delighted to welcome such experienced and highly-regarded professionals to COPT’s Board of Trustees," stated Thomas F. Brady, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for COPT. "They will be valuable additions to COPT’s Board. We believe their extensive real estate knowledge and experience will facilitate the future growth of the Company,” he stated.
Since 2001, Mr. Pickett has been the Chief Executive Officer and since 2002, a member of the Board of Directors of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE: OHI), a healthcare REIT that invests in healthcare facilities in the U.S. and provides lease or mortgage financing to qualified operators of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities and rehabilitation and acute care facilities. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Pickett was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Integrated Health Services, Inc. where he also held a series of executive positions in mergers and acquisitions from 1993 to 1998. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Pickett was Vice President of Taxes for PHH Corporation and, from 1984 to 1991, he was Senior Manager for KPMG. Mr. Pickett is also on the Board of Directors for Atherio. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting with honors from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Since 2006, Mr. Hawkins has been the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE: DCT), an industrial REIT that owns, acquires, operates and develops bulk distribution and light industrial properties in high-volume distribution markets in the U.S. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Hawkins was President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation (formerly NYSE: CRE, acquired by The Blackstone Group). Also at CarrAmerica, he served as Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2002 and Managing Director of Asset Management from 1996 to 1998. From 1982 to 1995, Mr. Hawkins held a series of senior executive positions in real estate investment, development, leasing and management with LaSalle Partners, Ltd. (now known as Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.). Mr. Hawkins is a member of NAREIT and the Urban Land Institute. He is a trustee of Hamilton College, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago.