After 26 years with The Woodlands Development Company, Alex Sutton is retiring from the company as co-president, The Howard Hughes Corp. announced Dec. 9.

The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corp., is the developer for The Woodlands.

Sutton has served in several roles during his time with the company, including vice president of engineering and construction, before becoming co-president in 2005, according to a news release from Howard Hughes.

He has been with the development company through the extension of many major thoroughfares in The Woodlands, such as Woodlands Parkway, Lake Woodlands Drive and Research Forest Drive, as well as the six bridges in The Woodlands Waterway area, according to the release.

Sutton has also been involved with commercial development in The Woodlands, including the hotels The Westin at The Woodlands and Embassy Suites by Hilton at Hughes Landing; and development in Town Green Park and Waterway Square, among others.

Sutton has master's degrees in civil engineering from Rice University and in business administration from The University of Houston, according to the news release.

Jim Carman, Howard Hughes’ Houston Region president, said Sutton has been instrumental in the growth of the community.

“Alex’s leadership and community service to The Woodlands have significantly shaped its recognition as one of the most successful master planned communities in the nation and its status as a thriving economic hub,” Carman said. “As a longtime resident of The Woodlands, he epitomizes what it means to live, work, learn and play in the community he has helped create.”

Sutton has also been active in the community in a variety of ways, including serving as director and chairman of Interfaith of The Woodlands, which named him a Hometown Hero in 2019; director of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion; founding director and chairman of The Woodlands Arts Council; and other community and regional organizations.

Sutton lives in the Town Center area with his wife, Sharon, according to the release.