BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced that David S. Joseph is resigning as executive vice president of Leasing effective December 31, 2016. Mr. Joseph has successfully led Taubman’s leasing efforts since 2013 and has made many contributions during his tenure. He will provide support as an independent consultant in 2017.
“Paul’s promotion reflects the global nature of the retail and mall industries, and provides our company the opportunity to significantly enhance leasing synergies as we work with retailers across our properties, whether in the U.S. or Asia”
Paul A. Wright, group vice president of Leasing for Taubman Asia, will relocate to the U.S. and will be promoted to executive vice president, global head of Leasing for Taubman effective spring 2017. During the transition, Chief Operating Officer William S. Taubman will assume day-to-day leadership of the leasing function.
“Paul’s promotion reflects the global nature of the retail and mall industries, and provides our company the opportunity to significantly enhance leasing synergies as we work with retailers across our properties, whether in the U.S. or Asia,” said Mr. Taubman. “We are delighted to promote Paul into this new role.”
Mr. Wright, who has led the Taubman Asia leasing function since mid-2006 as group vice president of Leasing, has delivered exceptional leasing performance for the company’s ground-up development properties in China -- CityOn.Xi’an (opened April 28, 2016) and CityOn.Zhengzhou (opening March 2017), as well as Starfield Hanam in South Korea (opened Sept. 9, 2016). He also led Taubman’s successful leasing efforts for The Boulevard at Studio City in Macau and IFC Mall in South Korea.
Prior to Taubman, Mr. Wright held senior-level positions with Citta Management Limited and Lendlease.
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.
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