Connor is chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Duke Realty Corporation. Indianapolis headquartered Duke Realty is one of the largest owners, developers and managers of industrial properties in the United States and is a NYSE-listed company with a total enterprise value of more than $12 billion. Duke Realty, which specializes in modern, bulk warehouse facilities in the top 22 distribution markets in the U.S., has a portfolio of more than 150 million square feet. Under Connor’s leadership, the company was repositioned from a diversified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with holdings in the industrial, office, retail, medical and mixed-use sectors to the largest domestic U.S. industrial REIT. The repositioning, which was completed over a seven-year period, included rebuilding the company’s balance sheet, which culminated in ratings upgrades to BBB+ and more recently being added to the S&P 500.
Connor joined Duke Realty in 1998 and served in several leadership positions during his tenure. Prior to being named CEO in 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer for three years and as Senior Regional Executive Vice President for the company’s Midwest region for ten years.