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): March 15, 2018
W. P. Carey Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 492-1100
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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

Effective as of March 15, 2018, Robert J. Flanagan, age 61, was elected to the Board of Directors of W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Company”). Mr. Flanagan will be eligible to participate in the Company’s standard non-employee director compensation program on a prorated basis, including being eligible to receive an annual cash retainer and an annual grant of restricted stock under the W. P. Carey Inc. 2017 Share Incentive Plan, as described further in the Company’s proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 11, 2017. There are no other understandings or arrangements between Mr. Flanagan or any other person and the Company or any of its subsidiaries pursuant to which Mr. Flanagan was appointed to serve as a director. There are no transactions between Mr. Flanagan or any of his immediate family members and the Company or any of its subsidiaries that would be required to be reported under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Mr. Flanagan was appointed to the Audit Committee and the Investment Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company.

On March 19, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing the election of Mr. Flanagan to the Board of Directors. A copy of that press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 — Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.


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.

W. P. Carey Inc.
March 20, 2018
/s/ Susan C. Hyde
Susan C. Hyde
Chief Administrative Officer