Washington Prime Group Announces Senior Management Transition and Promotions
COLUMBUS, OH – October 4, 2017 – Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) today announced senior management changes including the promotion of several key positions, as well as the resignation of Butch Knerr, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Lou Conforti, CEO and Director stated: “We appreciate all of Butch’s previous and transitioning efforts especially as it relates to his assistance in developing an infrastructure whereby we are able to seamlessly promote those who are ready, willing and able to expand their leadership roles. As it is our continued objective to streamline the organization and improve corporate efficacy, we will not be replacing the Chief Operating Officer position.
“I am pleased to announce the following promotions: Paul Ajdaharian to Executive Vice President, Head of Open Air Leasing; Greg Zimmerman, Executive Vice President, Development, will continue to lead Development, with the addition of Construction and Restaurant Leasing; Armand Mastropietro to Executive Vice President, Property Management; and Josh Lindimore to Senior Vice President, Head of Leasing. In addition, Lauren Kelly and Amy Jonas have been promoted to Senior Vice Presidents within the leasing team, as has Kurt Palmer who leads our sponsorship and specialty leasing efforts.
“These promotions and organizational streamlining illustrate our dedication to grinding it out via enhanced real-time decision making, improved operating efficiencies and a commitment to new initiatives and innovation, all of which better serve our tenants and guests.”
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a national real estate portfolio with an investment grade balance sheet, leveraging its expertise across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S. A trademark application has been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name “Washington Prime Group” and is currently pending. Learn more at www.washingtonprime.com.
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