American Campus Announces Promotions
- Jan 17, 2017
Austin—American Campus Communities, manager and developer of high-quality student housing properties in the U.S., has announced a series of internal promotions to further advance its long-term strategic business plan.
The company is separating the roles of president & CEO, with Bill Bayless remaining as CEO and Jim Hopke, COO, being promoted to president. In his new role, Hopke will oversee day-to-day business operations, advance the company’ asset and portfolio management functions, and focus on furthering American Campus operating platform, including strategic oversight of the company’s Next Gen systems development.
Jennifer Beese, executive vice president of operations, marketing and leasing is also being promoted to the position of COO, effective immediately. Beese will continue to provide executive oversight of marketing, leasing and property operations and functional support services. She will assume executive responsibility for human resources, corporate administration and company culture.
In addition, Jon Graf will step down as CFO on March 31, 2017 and will be retiring from the company in June 2017. Graf joined the company in conjunction with its IPO in 2004, initially serving as corporate controller, being promoted to CAO in 2005 and ultimately serving as CFO since 2007.
Daniel Perry, EVP of Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, who for years has been the company’s lead executive interacting with investors, analysts and the banking community, will be promoted to CFO, effective March 2017. Perry joined the company in 2005 from Citigroup, where he had worked on the company’s IPO.
Effective immediately, Kim Voss, EVP & controller, is being promoted to the position of CAO, reporting directly to the CFO. Voss has provided executive oversight of the company’s corporate accounting, property accounting and public company reporting since her promotion to EVP in May of 2015.
”It is very exciting to see each one of these talented executives continue to advance their careers with American Campus Communities… Jim and I look forward to fully developing the next generation of executives that will lead this company for decades to come. Jennifer, Daniel and Kim, along with William Talbot, our CIO, have been impact players throughout their careers at American Campus Communities and I am confident they will make even greater contributions at the next levels of executive leadership. It’s truly an honor for me to continue to lead the industry’s most talented group of executives as CEO,” Bill Bayless, CEO, said in prepared remarks.
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