Mack-Cali Announces Leadership Transition Plan

11/04/2014 Category: Miscellaneous

Edison, New Jersey—November 4, 2014—Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI) today announced that Mitchell E. Hersh will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer at the Company’s Annual Meeting in May 2015 and will not stand for reelection to the Mack-Cali Board of Directors. 

The Board intends to form a search committee and retain a leading executive search firm to identify a successor. To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Hersh will continue to lead Mack-Cali in his current positions until his departure and will support the Board’s search process. A copy of a separation agreement entered into between Mr. Hersh and Mack-Cali will be filed by Mack-Cali on a Form 8-K.

“It has been a privilege to lead the finest employees in the industry, whose commitment and hard work never ceases to impress me,” said Mr. Hersh. “Together, we have steadily outperformed most of the markets that we operate in and have continued to reinvest in our office properties. At the same time, we have significantly advanced our multi-family residential strategy, successfully increasing the Company’s residential business mix through developable land acquisitions and property investments. After 17 years at Mack-Cali and 24 years at a predecessor company, I agree that it is the right time to transition leadership responsibilities, and I know that Mack-Cali has an outstanding team in place to continue building on our momentum. We have built a strong platform for long-term growth, and I am confident in the company's future.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Mack-Cali, I want to thank Mitch for his many contributions to the Company,” said William L. Mack, Chairman of the Mack-Cali Board. “Under his leadership, Mack-Cali has successfully repositioned its portfolio and diversified into the multifamily apartment sector. We look forward to identifying a new leader to continue executing on our strategic initiatives and strengthening our already strong platform. We greatly appreciate Mitch’s dedication to ensuring a seamless transition and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation is a fully integrated, self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) providing management, leasing, development, construction and other tenant-related services for its class A real estate portfolio. Mack-Cali owns or has interests in 282 properties, consisting of 266 office and office/flex properties totaling approximately 31.5 million square feet and 16 multi-family rental properties containing over 4,900 residential units, all located in the Northeast. The properties enable the Company to provide a full complement of real estate opportunities to its diverse base of commercial and residential tenants.

Additional information on Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and the commercial real estate properties and multi-family residential communities available for lease can be found on the Company's website at www.mack‑cali.com.

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