Charles K. Barbo, chairman and chief executive officer of Shurgard Storage Centers Inc., a Seattle-based real estate investment trust, has announced that he will step down as CEO at the end of the year but retain his title as chairman.Mr. Barbo, the founder of Shurgard, will be succeeded as CEO by David K. Grant, the REIT's president and chief operating officer. Mr. Grant will hold the titles of president and CEO when he steps into his new role on Jan. 1, 2006. Mr. Grant was Shurgard's European president from 1996 to 2003.

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