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INDIANAPOLIS-Duke Realty Corp. is getting its new chief technology officer from Menlo Park, CA-based Spieker Properties. That office REIT’s recently-completed merger with Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust made Paul Quinn’s job change possible.

“The Spieker Properties and Equity Office Properties merger created an opportunity for me to evaluate where I could make another valuable contribution,” says Quinn, who is chief information officer at Spieker Properties. “Duke Realty offers a strong company culture, solid values, and a vision of the future of real estate similar to what I enjoyed at Spieker.”

Quinn will continue at Spieker until September as he helps with the transition of the $7.3-billion merger with Equity Office Properties, whose chief information officer is senior vice president Scott T. Morey. Although Equity says Spieker’s employees were coveted nearly as much as the West Coast REIT’s office portfolio, about 10% of them were not able to be absorbed into the new company.

“My skills and experience are a strong match for the current projects and future strategy for internal systems, customer facing systems, and participation in the industry consortium,” he adds. “I am excited to fill this significant role at Duke and continue to have an impact on real estate technology and the industry.”

Quinn was not exactly an unknown quantity to Duke Realty, which controls 110 million sf of office and industrial properties.

“Having known the Spieker organization for a number of years and through our involvement with Broad Band Office, I was always impressed with the information systems that Paul created for Spieker Properties,” says Duke Realty chief administrative officer Denny Oklak. “He has a successful record of developing and deploying systems for internal efficiency as well as reaching out to current and prospective customers. He is also able to build, focus, and motivate technical teams to achieve great results.”

Adds chairman and CEO Tom Hefner, “Technology plays an important rolein our strategy of offering a complete range of real estate products and services in the most efficient manner possible. We look forward to the progress we will make in information systems under his leadership. Paul has a balance of business, technical, and communication skills rarely found in the real estate industry.”

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