INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (Marketwire) -- 12/11/12 -- Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE), a leading nationwide REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) specializing in the ownership, management and development of bulk industrial facilities, medical office properties, and suburban office buildings, announced today that Ann Colussi Dee has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Dee also will be a member of the company's Executive Committee.
Ms. Dee begins her new responsibilities January 1, 2013, succeeding Howard Feinsand who is retiring from Duke Realty at year-end. Feinsand was General Counsel for 13 years and also on the company's Board of Directors from 1998-2003.
"Ann Dee has been a valuable Duke Realty associate for more than 16 years and possesses vast legal knowledge and a keen understanding of our company's operations and strategic direction," said Denny Oklak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Realty. "We are pleased that she will now lead our legal team and provide our company with exemplary guidance. At the same time, we would like to thank Howard for his contributions and will miss the counsel that he has given our company over many years."
Ms. Dee began her career with Duke Realty in 1996 as a Corporate Attorney at the company's headquarters in Indianapolis. In the ensuing years, she was promoted to Senior Attorney and Assistant Vice President, Vice President, Legal and Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President. Before joining Duke Realty, Ms. Dee was a practicing attorney with law firms in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.
Ms. Dee received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, her master's degree from Ball State University and a bachelor's degree from Hanover College. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Ohio.
During her time with Duke Realty, Ms. Dee has played a leadership role in many transactions, including billion dollar industrial and office portfolio dispositions. She also has spearheaded the development of standard operating procedures for handling the legal aspects of Duke Realty's various real estate transactions.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty owns and operates approximately 142 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 18 major U.S. cities. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.
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