SOURCE: Duke Realty Corporation

Duke Realty Corporation

November 09, 2009 18:15 ET

Duke Realty Corporation Announces Departure of Chief Operating Officer Robert Chapman

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) - Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE) today announced that, after consideration of the effect of the current economic environment on company operations, including an anticipated reduced level of new property development and a primary focus on local leasing operations, Robert Chapman has decided to resign from his position as Chief Operating Officer and will be leaving the company after a transition period through year end 2009.

"On behalf of our associates, Board of Directors and myself personally, I would like to thank Bob for his many contributions to Duke Realty and wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Dennis Oklak, chairman and chief executive officer. "Bob has been with Duke since 1997, and has been instrumental in overseeing our transformation into a national real estate company."

Said Mr. Chapman, "It has been a tremendous opportunity to have been part of the Duke team for so many years. I wish nothing but continued future success for the company and my colleagues."

About Duke Realty Corporation

Duke Realty Corporation owns and operates approximately 136 million rentable square feet of industrial and office space in 20 U.S. cities. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke is available at

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