President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Ed serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Highwoods Properties. He joined Highwoods in 1982, a year after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration.
Ed held many titles before becoming CEO in 2004. His prior roles include positions such as asset management, director of development, division president and chief operating officer. Also, Ed was a partner of Highwoods’ predecessor company before its initial public offering in 1994.
In the CEO role, Ed has implemented a successful business strategy focused on four core principles: people, portfolio, balance sheet and communications. Throughout Ed’s tenure as CEO, Highwoods has averaged a total shareholder return of 12.8 percent per annum.
In 2016, Ed served as chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), an organization representing nearly $3 trillion worth of publicly traded U.S. REITs. Currently, Ed serves on the board of National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN). He also is a member of the University of North Carolina Foundation Board, the University of North Carolina Real Estate Holdings Board and Wells Fargo’s Central Regional Board.
Ed has been routinely active in community programs and initiatives at a leadership level. He’s currently involved with Triangle Family Services, the YMCA of the Triangle and Dix Park Conservancy.