Robert V. Royall Joins Edens & Avant’s Board of Directors

February 13, 2008

Columbia, SC – February 12, 2008 – Robert V. Royall, previous U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Bank of South Carolina, has joined the Board of Directors of Edens & Avant.  Currently, Royall also serves as a Board Member of BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina and Emeritus Board Member of Synovus Corp.

Royall, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, has served as Vice Chairman of the Citizens and Southern Corporation, Atlanta; Chairman and CEO of the Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina and Chairman of the South Carolina State Ports Authority.  Additionally, he was Secretary of Commerce for the State of South Carolina from 1995 until 1999.

“Our Board is tremendously insightful,” said Terry S. Brown, CEO of Edens & Avant, “and Bob’s expertise will be a significant contribution as we work to continue executing well in the marketplace while remaining focused on our long-term strategy, our operating model and our people.”

Royall is a three-time recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award given to a civilian by the Governor of South Carolina, and is a member of the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

“Edens & Avant has an exceptional national reputation and long track record of success,” said Royall.  “Retail development is a dynamic industry, and I look forward to working with the talented members of the Board as the Company continues to be a strong player in that arena.”


About Edens & Avant

Edens & Avant develops, owns and operates community-oriented shopping places in primary markets throughout the East Coast.  Focusing on innovative development and redevelopment together with key acquisitions in urban areas, the Company has built a portfolio of more than 130 retail centers in 14 states. Edens & Avant has Regional Headquarters in Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami and Columbia, S.C. (Corporate Office). 

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