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Equity Office Hires Mark Smith as New Market Managing Director, Promotes John Conley to Senior Vice President of Asset Management.

Conley, Lally to Manage Leasing, Assets, Operations Jointly Under Smith

BOSTON -- Equity Office Properties announces the hiring of Mark Smith as the new Market Managing Director in Boston. Smith has 27 years of experience in the real estate industry and was formerly President, Winthrop Realty Partners LP, a Boston and New York-based real estate investment trust with nine regional offices and a portfolio of more than 12,000 apartment units and 13 million square feet of commercial space across the United States. Smith will join the Equity team on March 25, 2013.

In addition, John Conley has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Asset Management and will oversee asset management and leasing activities working with Sandra Lally, Vice President of Operations to continue to lead operations in the Boston market. The Equity Office portfolio--over 12 million square feet of Class A office space in the Boston Market--is rich with signature properties including South Station, Rowe's Wharf, One Memorial Drive, 500 Boylston Street, New England Executive Office Park, One Post Office Square and Wellesley Office Park.

"We look forward to having Mark work with the community to maintain our leadership role in the Boston market," said Chris Hendricks, EVP & Chief Operating Officer. "Mark's experience in financial management, leasing and operations make him the perfect fit for the position."

Since 1993, Smith was the driving force behind Winthrop's growth and success as a nationally recognized management company. In his role there as President, he directed all facets of operations and strategic vision for both the residential and commercial management divisions. Prior to that, he was Assistant Vice President at Jaymont Properties and began his career at RM Bradley. Smith has been active in the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and NAIOP. He has served on Trinity-Pawling School and St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School boards as well.

About Equity Office Properties

Equity Office owns and operates a national portfolio of premier office buildings in major metropolitan markets across the country. The company is owned by an affiliate of The Blackstone Group, a preeminent global private equity firm. Equity Office was acquired in 2007, bringing Equity Office's portfolio together with other Blackstone office asset holdings, primarily from its acquisitions of CarrAmerica Properties and Trizec Properties. Integrating these predominantly Class A properties under one name - Equity Office - provides Blackstone with an unparalleled real estate platform for future office investments. Our goal is to leverage our national platform to facilitate the seamless acquisition and transition of properties into and out of the portfolio, in support of Blackstone's real estate investments philosophy. We actively manage our assets to ensure not only the best possible customer experience, but also gainful returns for Blackstone's investors. Equity Office is headquartered in Chicago, IL, and has approximately 750 employees. www.equityoffice.com
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