OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 12, 2018 – Retail Properties of America, Inc. (NYSE: RPAI) (the “Company”) announced today that its board of directors has promoted Julie M. Swinehart to serve as the Company’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Ms. Swinehart’s role will include the oversight and execution of all the Company’s financial activities, including internal and external reporting, capital markets, investor relations, internal audit and treasury.
“Julie has been a tremendous asset to the Company for the last ten years, and I could not be more pleased to announce her promotion,” stated Steve Grimes, president and chief executive officer. “I am confident that the steadfast dedication and unwavering integrity that Julie has displayed during her tenure with the Company will serve her well in this next stage of her career as our chief financial officer. She has earned the full confidence and support of our executive team and board of directors, and we all look forward to her contributions in her new role.”
Ms. Swinehart joined RPAI in June 2008 and held the position of senior vice president and chief accounting officer from July 2015 through February 2018. Before assuming her role as chief accounting officer in 2015, Ms. Swinehart served as the Company’s senior vice president and corporate controller since April 2013 and held various accounting and financial reporting positions since joining the team in 2008.
Before joining RPAI, Ms. Swinehart was a manager of external reporting at Equity Office Properties Trust for two years and she spent eight years in public accounting in the audit practices of Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Ms. Swinehart received her B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified public accountant.
Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a REIT that owns and operates high quality, strategically located shopping centers in the United States. As of September 30, 2017, the Company owned 120 retail operating properties representing 21.6 million square feet. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at www.rpai.com.