Lamar Advertising Company Names Jay Johnson Chief Financial Officer

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BATON ROUGE, La., May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), a leading owner of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, today announced that Jay Johnson has been appointed Chief Financial Officer effective October 1, 2019.

Mr. Johnson, 42, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: DRH) since April 2018, where he has led all financial activities for the lodging real estate investment trust, including treasury, investor relations, tax, risk management, financial reporting and analysis and capital raising. Prior to joining DiamondRock, Mr. Johnson served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HST), an S&P 500 company, where he completed more than $14 billion in debt and equity capital transactions in 12 countries.

“Jay’s experience as a public company CFO, familiarity with the capital markets and real estate investors, and energy and strategic perspective make him a great fit for us,” said Sean Reilly, Lamar’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited that he will be joining our team.” 

Mr. Johnson, a native of Bastrop, La., will succeed Keith Istre, who announced in January his intent to retire from Lamar on December 31, 2019. Mr. Istre will become Chief Financial Officer Emeritus on October 1, 2019 and help Mr. Johnson transition into his new role.

Mr. Johnson commented, “I am thrilled to join this great company and help Sean and the entire organization continue the success of Lamar. Keith is a talented executive who has built an exceptional finance platform, and I look forward to working with him through this transition. Furthermore, I could not be more pleased to return home to Louisiana.” 

Prior to Host Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Johnson served in a variety of banking roles at KeyBank Real Estate Capital and Bank of America. Prior to those roles, he was in the management consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, the investment banking group at Prudential Securities and the industrial markets trading division of Enron Corporation.

Mr. Johnson received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Morehouse College.

Buster KantrowDirector of Investor RelationsLamar Advertising Company(225) 926-1000

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Globe Newswire: 21:19 GMT Thursday 30th May 2019

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