People: AvalonBay Communities Inc (AVB)
19 Jan 2017
Sarles, H. Jay
Mr. H. Jay Sarles is an Independent Director of AvalonBay Communities Inc. Mr. Sarles has been a director of the Company since September 2005, and has served as the Lead Independent Director of the Company since May 2015 (see "Board of Directors and its Committees—Leadership Structure and Lead Independent Director"). He retired from full time business leadership positions in 2005, having most recently served as vice chairman of Bank of America Corporation. Prior to that he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of Fleet Boston Financial ("Fleet") with responsibility for administrative functions, risk management, technology and operations, treasury services, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. During his 37 years at Fleet, Mr. Sarles oversaw virtually all of Fleet's businesses at one time or another, including the company's wholesale banking business from 2001 to 2003. These included commercial finance, real estate finance, capital markets, global services, industry banking, middle market and large corporate lending, small business services and investment banking businesses. Mr. Sarles has served as a director of Ameriprise Financial, Inc., a publicly traded financial planning services company, since September 2005. The Board has concluded that Mr. Sarles should serve as a director based on his extensive experience as an executive officer with a variety of responsibilities at a large financial institution with varied operations.
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