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CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. announced leadership promotions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2015-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today announced the promotions of Andrew Cobb to senior vice president and director of accounting, Stuart Smith to senior vice president – planning/redevelopment, Jennifer Cope to vice president – shared services, Jon Meshel to vice president – development/redevelopment, and Ken Wittler to vice president – development.

Commenting on the promotions, CBL’s President and CEO, Stephen Lebovitz said, “These individuals have established themselves as leaders within CBL in their respective fields and the shopping center industry. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions to the Company with these promotions.”

Andy Cobb joined CBL in June 2002, as vice president – accounting. In February 2007, he was promoted to vice president and director of accounting. Prior to joining CBL Cobb was an audit manager for Arthur Andersen. Cobb is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Stuart Smith joined CBL as director of tenant coordination in January 2001, and then became director – tenant design and development in April 2003. He was promoted to vice president – planning/redevelopment in February 2007. Smith has been an integral part of numerous anchor store additions to CBL malls and is responsible for advanced planning for all mall expansions and redevelopments within the Company. Smith is a graduate of Penn State University.

Jennifer Cope joined CBL in July 2001, as a junior analyst in Financial Services. In July 2003, Cope was promoted to financial analyst and then to senior financial analyst in July 2006. Her responsibilities included the management of CBL’s insurance and risk management programs, technology for lease reporting needs, joint venture partner relations, and loan closings and assumptions. In June 2011, Cope was promoted to director – financial services & risk management and then to director – business transformation in March 2014. Cope is a graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an EMBA.

Jon Meshel joined CBL as assistant project manager in August 1999, and was promoted to project manager in September 2003. In November 2011, Meshel relocated from Boston to Chattanooga as director – development/redevelopment and is responsible for adding larger store formats to CBL’s malls. Meshel is a graduate from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Ken Wittler joined CBL as a project manager in November 1997. Since then, Wittler has overseen the development of more than a dozen malls, additions and renovations for the Company. Prior to joining CBL, Wittler served six years as project manager for Jim Wilson & Associates and four years as Field Engineer for Tribble & Stephens Construction Company. Wittler is a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 148 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.2 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at

CBL contact: Dan Summerlin, Director of Corporate Relations, 423.490.8315,

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