TOLEDO, Ohio, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) today announced that Mary Ellen Pisanelli has joined Welltower as Senior Vice President - Legal & Administration. Ms. Pisanelli joins Welltower from Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP ("Shumaker") where she served as Partner and was previously a Member of the Firm's Management Committee. Ms. Pisanelli was also Shumaker's Relationship Partner for Welltower and Co-Chair of the firm's REIT practice group.
"Mary Ellen has extensive knowledge of Welltower and a thorough understanding of the company's business from her time providing advice and counsel in support of transactions, debt and equity offerings, and governance matters. During her more than 25 years as an outside advisor to the company, Mary Ellen has been a trusted partner to Welltower. We are thrilled to have her join the Welltower team," said Tom DeRosa, Welltower's Chief Executive Officer. "Her expertise, energy and commitment to excellence are a great match for Welltower's strategic focus on transforming healthcare infrastructure."
Ms. Pisanelli will join Welltower in the coming weeks. In her new role, she will provide legal support across the company's portfolio of U.S.-based real estate assets and will oversee a number of corporate administrative functions. She will report to Tom DeRosa, on administrative matters and to Matthew McQueen, Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Corporate Secretary on legal matters.
Ms. Pisanelli joined Shumaker in 1982 and was named Partner in 1990. During her time at Shumaker, Ms. Pisanelli led the team supporting numerous successful debt and equity offerings including Welltower's 2016 issuance of $700 million of 10-year unsecured debt, Welltower's largest single-tranche debt offering in its history. In 2015 and 2016, Ms. Pisanelli and her team assisted Welltower in its completion of approximately $4.8 billion and $3.0 billion of gross investments, respectively, and approximately $1.2 billion and $2.0 billion of strategic dispositions, respectively. She has been recognized for the past ten years in the listing The Best Lawyers In America and has authored a number of publications.
Ms. Pisanelli is a recognized leader in the Northwest Ohio community. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Toledo and was recently nominated to become its Vice Chair. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Museum of Art, where she chairs the Audit Committee and is a past President of the Board of Directors for the Toledo Zoo, where she chaired the 2015 Capital Levy Campaign. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. She earned her J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people's wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower™, a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), owns interests in properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. More information is available at www.welltower.com
About Shumaker Loop and Kendrick, LLP
Shumaker is a full-service law firm founded in Toledo, Ohio in 1925, with more than 260 attorneys located in Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. More information is available at www.slk-law.com
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