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Boston Properties’ New York Office to Get New Leadership as John Powers Retires

Hilary Spann will succeed John Powers as head of Boston Properties’ (BXP) New York office effective Jan. 1, 2022. Powers will retire from BXP in December after more than eight years of service. Spann will join the REIT as an EVP in September.

“We are grateful to John for his many contributions to BXP over the years, first as a long-term trusted advisor to our founders and then as the leader of our New York office,” said BXP CEO Owen Thomas. He said Spann’s “breadth of real estate experiences as an investor and an owner will be a tremendous asset to the company.”

With more than 20 years’ investment and development experience, Spann serves as head of Americas, real estate at CPP Investments. Prior to joining CPP in 2016, she held several executive roles in acquisitions and asset management at the Global Real Assets Group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.


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