Sunrise Senior Living Names Laure Duhot as Head of Its European Capital Group

Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:08 am EDT



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"Our European expansion strategy is an important component of our overall corporate growth and this appointment will further fuel that growth."

Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE: SRZ), the world's largest provider of independent and assisted living for senior citizens, today announced the appointment of Laure Duhot as senior vice president, International Capital Group, to further strengthen its European business development, mergers and acquisitions and real estate opportunities.

Laure Duhot, 43, will identify potential business development opportunities and source and build relationships with investor partners for mergers and acquisitions. She will also have strategic involvement in sourcing debt in Europe. She will be based in Sunrise's UK headquarters near London, England.

Prior to joining Sunrise, Ms. Duhot was founding partner and principal for Macquarie Capital Partners, an investment bank boutique in London. Ms. Duhot also previously served as director of Capital Markets for the Lehman Brothers in London, as well as senior advisor for the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg and Rome. She is a French national and lives with her husband and two children in London.

"We are thrilled Laure has joined the Sunrise team. We feel that her strong experience with real estate investment and project financing in the European market will help ensure Sunrise's continued growth in Europe by helping identify international capital partners for new development and mergers and acquisitions," said Brad Rush, chief financial officer for Sunrise Senior Living. "Our European expansion strategy is an important component of our overall corporate growth and this appointment will further fuel that growth."

"I am delighted to be joining such a brilliant company to spearhead its European business development, capital strategy and growth. Sunrise is at a very exciting stage of its development in Europe and is well positioned to take advantage of the growing market for the provision of top quality services for senior citizens," said Laure Duhot.

Sunrise began its European expansion more than five years ago when it opened its first community in the United Kingdom. Sunrise has announced its plans for the development of up to 50 communities in the United Kingdom and Germany over the next several years and intends to launch communities throughout Europe. Today, Sunrise has five communities open in south-east England with an additional seven under construction and many others under pre- construction development. Sunrise also has two communities open in Germany. Sunrise currently is developing its European communities under joint venture agreements with investment partners and retaining management of the communities under long-term management agreements.

Sunrise Senior Living is the largest provider of senior living services in the United States. The McLean, Va.-based Company employs more than 38,000 people. As of August 31, 2005, Sunrise operated 424 communities in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom with a combined capacity for approximately 53,000 residents. Sunrise also had 36 communities under construction in these countries with a combined capacity for over 3,700 residents.

Sunrise offers a full range of personalized senior living services, including independent living, assisted living, care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss, as well as nursing and rehabilitative care. Sunrise's senior living services are delivered by staff trained to encourage the independence, preserve the dignity, enable freedom of choice and protect the privacy of residents. To learn more about Sunrise please visit

Laure Duhot can be reached on 44 77111 42909.

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Meghan Lublin
Manager, External Communications of Sunrise Senior Living, Inc.

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