Colonial Properties Trust Announces Management Changes

Colonial Properties Trust (NYSE: CLP) today announced that C. Reynolds Thompson, III, has resigned from his positions as President and Chief Financial Officer of the company, effective as of December 31, 2012. Mr. Thompson is expected to remain with the company through January 31, 2013, to assist with the transition of responsibilities and to enter into a consulting arrangement to perform certain consulting services over the remainder of 2013. The company also announced today that Bradley P. Sandidge, Executive Vice President, Accounting, will assume responsibilities as interim Chief Financial Officer while the company conducts a search for a permanent Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Thompson served as President and Chief Financial Officer of the company from December 2008 through his resignation on December 31, 2012. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Thompson served the company in a number of roles since joining the company in 1997, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Office Division, Senior Vice President, Office Acquisitions, and as a Trustee. Mr. Sandidge first joined the company in 2004 as Senior Vice President, Multifamily Accounting and Finance and served in that role until January 2009. Mr. Sandidge has served as the company’s Executive Vice President, Accounting since January 2009.

“We greatly appreciate the many contributions that Reynolds has made to our company and thank him for his 15 years of dedicated service,” said Thomas H. Lowder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company. “We are confident in Mr. Sandidge’s ability to assume this increased role and to support our company as we transition to a new Chief Financial Officer.”

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Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, the company assumes no responsibility to update the information in this press release.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Form 10-Q filings, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results.

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