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Washington, D.C. 20549










Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 26, 2020




CoreSite Realty Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Maryland   001-34877   27-1925611

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification No.)


1001 17th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO

(Address of principal executive offices)



(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (866) 777-2673



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.) 




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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class  Trading Symbol  Name of Exchange On Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share  COR  New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨ 


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Item 5.02.Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


(d)           Election of Directors


On August 26, 2020, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of CoreSite Realty Corporation (the “Company”), upon the recommendation of the Board’s Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and pursuant to the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, approved the increase of the size of the Board to nine members and elected Patricia Higgins to fill the vacancy with an initial term expiring at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and when her successor is duly elected and qualifies. The Board also appointed Ms. Higgins to serve on the Audit Committee and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee of the Board, and has determined that Ms. Higgins is “independent” pursuant to the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange and is an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined by the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


There were no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Higgins and any other persons regarding her election to the Board, nor is she party to any related party transaction required to be reported pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Ms. Higgins will be compensated for her Board and committee service consistent with the compensation arrangements provided to the Board’s other non-employee directors who are also not employees of The Carlyle Group L.P., which are more fully described in the “2019 Director Compensation” section of the Company’s definitive proxy statement for its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 26, 2020, as supplemented on March 26, 2020 and April 13, 2020.  Ms. Higgins will receive prorated amounts of the annual cash retainer and the annual restricted stock units and dividend equivalents for 2020.  Ms. Higgins will also enter into the Company’s form of indemnification agreement for directors.


Item 7.01Regulation FD Disclosure.


On August 26, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the election of Ms. Higgins to the Board, as described in Item 5.02 of this Current Report. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. The information contained in the press release shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not incorporated by reference into any filing of the Company, whether made before or after the date hereof.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d)  Exhibits


Exhibit No.   Description
99.1   Press release, dated August 26, 2020, regarding the election of Patricia Higgins to the Board of Directors of CoreSite Realty Corporation
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: August 26, 2020 By:  /s/ Jeffrey S. Finnin
  Name: Jeffrey S. Finnin
  Title: Chief Financial Officer




Exhibit 99.1




Patricia Higgins Joins CoreSite Realty Corporation’s Board of Directors


Denver, CO – August 26, 2020 – CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) (the “Company” or “CoreSite”), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center, cloud and interconnection solutions in major U.S. metropolitan areas, today announced Patricia Higgins, retired President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Switch and Data Facilities, Inc., has joined CoreSite’s board of directors as an independent director effective August 26, 2020. In adding Ms. Higgins to the board, CoreSite increased the size of its board to nine members.


“We are delighted to have Patricia join CoreSite’s board,” said Robert Stuckey, Chairman of CoreSite’s board of directors. “Patricia’s strategic and operating leadership in the data center industry, extensive board experience, financial and risk management expertise, and depth of understanding of the operation and management of public companies will be a tremendous asset to CoreSite.”


Ms. Higgins is a current board member and member of the Risk Committee and Audit Committee for The Travelers Companies, Inc. and a current board member, Audit Committee Chairperson, and member of the Governance/Nominating Committee and Finance Committee of Dycom Industries, Inc.


Prior to her roles with Switch and Data Facilities, Inc., Ms. Higgins served as Executive Vice President of The Gartner Group and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Research Board, a segment of The Gartner Group. Previously, she held executive positions at Alcoa, Inc., Unisys Corporation, Verizon, and AT&T Corporation/Lucent. She also served on the boards of Barnes & Noble, Inc., Internap Network Services Corporation, Visteon Corporation, Delta Airlines, Inc., and SpectraSite Communications, Inc.


“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with my fellow CoreSite board members and management team to guide the continued growth and value creation of CoreSite,” Ms. Higgins said.


About CoreSite


CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center, cloud and interconnection solutions to a growing customer ecosystem across eight key North American markets. More than 1,350 of the world’s leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 450+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options — all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships. For more information, visit www.CoreSite.com.


CoreSite Contact


Kate Ruppe

Investor Relations




© 2020, CoreSite, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved





Forward Looking Statements


This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro forma,” “estimates” or “anticipates” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and that do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond CoreSite’s control that may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. These risks include, without limitation: the geographic concentration of the Company’s data centers in certain markets and any adverse developments in local economic conditions or the level of supply of or demand for data center space in these markets; fluctuations in interest rates and increased operating costs; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire and completing acquisitions; significant industry competition, including indirect competition from cloud service providers; failure to obtain necessary outside financing; the ability to service existing debt; the failure to qualify or maintain its status as a REIT; financial market fluctuations; changes in real estate and zoning laws and increases in real property tax rates; the effects on our business operations, demand for our services and general economic conditions resulting from the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) in our markets, as well as orders, directives and legislative action by local, state and federal governments in response to such spread of COVID-19; and other factors affecting the real estate industry generally. All forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Furthermore, the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could cause the Company’s future results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in its most recent annual report on Form 10-K, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.



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