First Industrial Realty Trust Announces Appointment of Marcus L. Smith to Its Board of Directors
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR), a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate, announced today that Marcus L. Smith has been appointed to its board of directors and will serve as a member of its investment and nominating/corporate governance committees.
Mr. Smith is a director of MCSI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. Mr. Smith was most recently the Director of Equity (Canada) and a portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management (“MFS”) until his retirement in April 2017. He was responsible for managing the MFS Institutional International Equity Portfolio and the International Concentrated Portfolio. During his tenure at MFS which began in 1994, he held a variety of positions, including Director of Equity (Asia) from 2010 to 2012, Director of Asian Research from 2005 to 2009, and Equity Analyst from 1995 to 2000.
Matthew S. Dominski, chairman of the board of directors of First Industrial, said, "We are excited to welcome Marcus to our board. Our company and our shareholders will benefit from his expertise in investing and financial markets, along with his demonstrated leadership in his business and philanthropic endeavors.”
Mr. Smith is also a trustee for certain Eaton Vance investment funds. He is a member of the Boston advisory board of the Posse Foundation and the Academic Advisory Committee for The Harvard Medical School. He previously served as a director of DCT Industrial Trust Inc. and as a trustee for the University of Mount Union. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor of science from the University of Mount Union and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
About First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) is a leading fully integrated owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate with a track record of providing industry-leading customer service to multinational corporations and regional customers. Across major markets in the United States, our local market experts manage, lease, buy, (re)develop, and sell bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, and other industrial facility types. In total, we own and have under development approximately 64.1 million square feet of industrial space as of December 31, 2020. For more information, please visit us at www.firstindustrial.com.
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