Real estate investment trust Kimco Realty has appointed chief operating officer Conor Flynn as president, the company announced Wednesday.

Flynn, 34, joined Kimco in 2003, according to the company's website, and was named COO, a title he retains, in May 2013.

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In a statement, David Henry, Kimco's chief executive, praised Flynn's "entrepreneurial vision." Henry, who previously held the title of president, will continue as CEO and vice chairman of the board of directors.

Kimco, based in New Hyde Park, owned interests in 840 shopping centers in United States and foreign markets as of June 30. Shares of Kimco edged up 2 cents to $22.18 in afternoon trading.