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Howard Hughes Names New President, Permanent CEO

The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) named a new executive leadership team to lead the continued growth of the Houston-based owner-developer’s national portfolio. Interim CEO David R. O’Reilly now has the job on a permanent basis, while L. Jay Cross, formerly president of Related Hudson Yards, has joined HHC as its new president.

O’Reilly served as interim CEO since September, as president since June and as CFO since 2016. He’ll continue as CFO while a search is conducted for a permanent successor.

“David is highly respected by our employees, customers, and shareholders,” said Bill Ackman, chairman of HHC. “That made it an easy decision for the Board to select him as our CEO.”

He continued, “When Jay approached the company about his interest in joining HHC, we knew that his partnership with David would create a superb team to lead Howard Hughes into the future.”

Pictured: David O’Reilly.

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