Wendy Luscombe to Retire from Board as Part of Ongoing Board Refreshment
Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE: AKR) (“Acadia” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Hope B. Woodhouse to the Company’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) and to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, effective January 10, 2023.
Ms. Woodhouse is a seasoned financial executive with substantial experience in the financial services sector having spent over 25 years in executive management roles at top-ranked, global alternative asset management firms and broker dealers. From 2005 to 2009, she served as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the management committee of Bridgewater Associates, Inc. Between 2003 and 2005, Ms. Woodhouse was President and Chief Operating Officer of Auspex Group, L.P., and was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the management committee of Soros Fund Management LLC from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, she held various executive leadership positions, including at Tiger Management L.L.C., and Salomon Brothers Inc.
Ms. Woodhouse also presently serves as an independent director on the Boards of Two Harbors Investment Corp. (NYSE: TWO), where she has served since 2012 and is chair of the Risk Oversight Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, and Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT), where she has served since 2017 and is chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Audit Committees. Ms. Woodhouse previously served as a director of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), Seoul Securities Co. Ltd., Soros Funds Limited, The Bond Market Association and as a member of the investment committee at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Ms. Woodhouse received an A.B. degree in Economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
The Company also announced today that Wendy Luscombe, an independent trustee and member of the Audit Committee and chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, will retire from the Board effective as of January 10, 2023. Ms. Luscombe has served on the Board since 2004 and her retirement is part of the Board’s ongoing commitment to refreshment, including the appointment to the Board of Ms. Woodhouse, described above, and the recent appointment of independent trustees Mark Denien in 2022 and Kenneth A. McIntyre in 2021. Additionally, as previously announced, independent trustee Lorrence T. Kellar will retire at the expiration of his current term.
“Wendy has been a valuable member of our Board for nearly 20 years and has contributed to the company in numerous ways, including with respect to her leadership on risk management, cybersecurity and ESG issues,” stated Lee S. Wielansky, Lead Trustee of Acadia’s Board. “We sincerely thank her for her exceptional dedication and service in helping to grow Acadia into the outstanding company that it is today. At the same time, we are very excited to welcome Hope to the Board. Hope’s decades of operational, financial, and risk-management expertise from her time with several premier global alternative asset management firms is impressive and will bring new perspective and insight to our Company as we continue to execute on our long-term growth strategy.”
About Acadia Realty Trust
Acadia Realty Trust is an equity real estate investment trust focused on delivering long-term, profitable growth via its dual – Core Portfolio and Fund – operating platforms and its disciplined, location-driven investment strategy. Acadia Realty Trust is accomplishing this goal by building a best-in-class core real estate portfolio with meaningful concentrations of assets in the nation’s most dynamic corridors; making profitable opportunistic and value-add investments through its series of discretionary, institutional funds; and maintaining a strong balance sheet. For further information, please visit www.acadiarealty.com.
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"Hope’s decades of operational, financial, and risk-management expertise from her time with several premier global alternative asset management firms is impressive and will bring new perspective and insight to our Company"