Ms. Hawthorne has been on a medical leave of absence due to her health issues that are unrelated to COVID-19 since April 20, 2020. Ms. Hawthorne will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.
“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we thank Maria for her leadership and strategic contributions to the Company over the more than three decades she has been part of the team. She has been an integral part of the success of the Company, and we look forward to her continued insight and contributions as a member of the Board.”
Ronald L. Havner, Jr. | Chairman of the Board
Ms. Hawthorne has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company since July 2016 and August 2015, respectively. In addition, Ms. Hawthorne served in various other roles since joining the Company in 1985. I want to express my deepest appreciation for the opportunity to work with and learn from so many talented and dedicated professionals,” said Ms. Hawthorne. “I look forward to seeing the future successes of the Company and my colleagues as PS Business Parks enters its next phase.” John W. Petersen, the Company’s interim President and Chief Executive Officer and long-tenured Chief Operating Officer, will continue in his role as interim President and Chief Executive Officer while the Board of Directors conducts an internal and external search for the Company’s next Chief Executive Officer.
PS Business Parks, Inc., a member of the S&P MidCap 400, is a REIT that acquires, develops, owns, and operates commercial properties, primarily multi-tenant industrial, flex, and office space. As of June 30, 2020, the Company wholly owned 27.5 million rentable square feet with approximately 5,000 commercial customers in six states and held a 95.0% interest in a 395-unit apartment complex.