Diana M. Laing Biography
Diana M. Laing
Ms. Laing served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., Hawaii's leading owner and operator of grocery and drug store-anchored retail centers, from November 2018 to May 2019, and was elected to their board of directors in April 2019, serving on its audit committee and compensation committee. From May 2014 to June 2018, Ms. Laing served as the Chief Financial Officer of American Homes 4 Rent, a publicly traded REIT focused on the acquisition, renovation, leasing and operation of single-family homes as rental properties. From May 2004 until its merger with Parkway Properties of Orlando, Florida in December 2013, Ms. Laing was the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Thomas Properties Group, Inc., a publicly traded real estate operating company and institutional investment manager focused on the development, acquisition, operation and ownership of commercial properties throughout the United States.
Ms. Laing served as Chief Financial Officer of each of Triple Net Properties, LLC from January through April 2004, New Pacific Realty Corporation from December 2001 to December 2003, and Firstsource Corp. from July 2000 to May 2001. From August 1996 to July 2000, Ms. Laing was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Arden Realty, Inc., a publicly traded REIT which was the largest owner and operator of commercial office properties in Southern California. From 1982 to August 1996, she served in various capacities, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Southwest Property Trust, Inc., a publicly traded multi-family REIT which owned multi-family properties throughout the southwestern United States. Ms. Laing began her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Ms. Laing is the lead independent director of CareTrust REIT, Inc. and is a member of the board of directors or Spirit Capital, Inc., serving as chair of its audit committee. Ms. Laing earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Oklahoma State University and is still active with the university, serving as a trustee of the Oklahoma State University Foundation.