President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Ed serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Highwoods Properties, Inc., a $7+ billion, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). He joined Highwoods in 1982, a year after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree 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.
Other achievements include leading the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) as chair in 2016, an organization representing nearly $2 trillion worth of publicly traded U.S. REITs. He was also awarded the 2015 Triangle Business Journal’s CEO of the Year Award and Triangle Business Journal’s 2010 Pillar Award, which recognizes outstanding real estate accomplishments and community involvement efforts.