Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE: HTA) today announced that its Board of Directors has named one of its independent directors, Peter N. Foss, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 2, 2021. Scott Peters resigned effective August 2, 2021 as a director, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Effective August 2, 2021, the Lead Independent Director of the Board, W. Bradley Blair, II, was elected to be Chairman of the Board. Mr. Foss has stepped down as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of the Board, but has remained a member of the Board’s Investment Committee. Warren D. Fix, an independent director currently serving on the Board for Healthcare Trust of America, has replaced Mr. Foss as Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee.
“Peter has been on HTA’s board since April 2015 and is well-versed in the Company’s strategy and has deep experience in the healthcare industry,” Blair said. “He has been involved in numerous Board committees and he, along with the strong management team, are well positioned to guide HTA through this transition.”
About Peter N. Foss
Peter Foss has served as an independent director of the Company since April 2015. He provides the Company strong leadership skills through significant experience in customer relationships and stakeholder and employee engagement. He is a 35 year veteran of General Electric Company (“GE”) where he was President of GE’s Olympic Sponsorship and Corporate Accounts from 2003 until his retirement in February 2013. In addition, Mr. Foss directed the Corporate Sales Program at GE. Mr. Foss was rehired by GE in November 2013 to serve as the leader of the GE/NFL Brain Research Program. Prior to his most recent positions, he served for six years as the President of GE Polymerland, a commercial organization representing GE Plastics in the global marketplace. Prior to GE Polymerland, Mr. Foss served in various commercial roles with GE, including introducing LEXAN® film in the 1970s, and was the Market Development Manager on the ULTEM® introduction team in 1982. He has also served as the Regional General Manager for four of the GE Plastics regions, including leading the GE Plastics effort in Mexico in the mid-1990s. Mr. Foss serves on the board of Savista (formerly nThrive), a private company. Mr. Foss previously served on the board of directors of First Horizon National Corporation, Capital Bank Corp., Green Bankshares and TIB Financial Corp.
About W. Bradley Blair, II
Mr. Blair was appointed as the lead independent director of the Company’s Board of Directors in December 2014 and has served as an independent director of the Company since September 2006. Mr. Blair served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the board of directors of Golf Trust of America, Inc. (now known as Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.) from the time of its formation as a REIT and initial public offering in 1997 until his resignation and retirement in November 2007. During that term, Mr. Blair managed the acquisition, operation, leasing and disposition of the assets of the portfolio. From 1993 until February 1997, Mr. Blair served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for The Legends Group. As an officer of The Legends Group, Mr. Blair was responsible for all aspects of its operations, including acquisitions, development and marketing. From 1978 to 1993, Mr. Blair was the managing partner at Blair Conaway Bograd & Martin, P.A., a law firm specializing in real estate, finance, taxation and acquisitions.