CLEVELAND, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) today announced the appointment of Z. Jamie Behar, CFA, and the nomination of Craig Macnab, two highly qualified and accomplished real estate executives with significant board experience, to serve on its Board of Directors.
Behar will join the Board effective immediately and will fill the vacancy created when Bruce C. Ratner, executive chairman of Forest City's New York subsidiary, stepped down from the Board at the end of 2016. The Board has nominated Macnab as an independent director to succeed Stan Ross, who will not stand for re-election at the Company's upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Behar brings to the Board more than 35 years of experience in investment management and financial analysis with a focus on real estate, together with significant experience serving on boards. Behar is the former Managing Director, Real Estate & Alternative Investments, at GM Investment Management Corp, where she was responsible for managing real estate and alternative investment portfolios totaling approximately $12 billion at peak value.
Macnab is a seasoned executive with more than 35 years of experience in the real estate industry and investment banking and management. Macnab has served as chief executive officer of National Retail Properties, a publicly traded REIT with a market capitalization of approximately $6.5 billion, since 2004, and the chairman of its Board of Directors since 2008. He will retire from his roles at National Retail Properties, effective April 28, 2017.
"We are thrilled to welcome these two outstanding real estate professionals to our board and we look forward to benefiting from their significant industry experience," said James A. Ratner, chairman of the Board. "In addition to their deep knowledge of our industry and impressive board-service credentials, the appointment of Jamie Behar and the nomination of Craig Macnab reflect our ongoing commitment to best practices in corporate governance and increased board independence."
"As a management team, we look forward to capitalizing on the fresh insights and viewpoints these new directors are expected to bring to the Board as we continue to execute on our strategy to ensure long-term growth at Forest City," said David J. LaRue, president and chief executive officer. "Both Jamie and Craig have unique perspectives on the real estate business and a wealth of experience in organizational and investment strategy, as well as outstanding leadership skills, and will provide Forest City with additional perspectives for enhancing shareholder value."
Both Behar and Macnab, along with the Company's other directors, will stand for election at the upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Behar and Macnab were identified through the Board's previously announced search process, which it conducted with the assistance of nationally recognized search firm Ferguson Partners, Ltd. With these board actions and anticipated director elections, the Forest City Board will be comprised of thirteen directors, eight of whom are independent, one of whom is the President and Chief Executive Officer, and four of whom are members of the founding family, the Company's largest non-institutional shareholder.
About Jamie Behar
Jamie Behar, 59, most recently served as Managing Director, Real Estate & Alternative Investments at GM Investment Management Corp ("GMIMCo"). In her role at GMIMCo, Behar managed clients' private market and publicly traded real estate and alternative investment portfolios totaling approximately $12 billion at peak value. Behar was a member of GMIMCo's Board of Directors, Investment Management Committee, Private Equity Investment Approval Committee and Risk Management Committee. Behar has served as a Board member of Gramercy Property Trust since 2015, where she is a member of the Investment Committee and Audit Committee, and as a director of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. since 2004 and chairs the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and serves on the Audit Committee. She was previously Board Chair of the Pension Real Estate Association and was a member of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT").
Behar holds a bachelor's of science degree in economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
About Craig Macnab
Craig Macnab, 61, has been chief executive officer of National Retail Properties, a publicly traded REIT with a market cap of approximately $6.5 billion, since 2004 and chairman of the Company's Board of Directors since 2008. Macnab will retire from National Retail Properties, effective April 28, 2017. Prior to National Retail Properties, Macnab served as president and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based JDN Realty Corporation. Macnab has served as a director of American Tower Corporation's Board of Directors since 2014, and is a member of the Audit Committee. He is also a director of Cadillac Fairview Corporation, a Canadian commercial real estate company that is wholly owned by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Macnab served on the Board of DDR Corporation from 2003 to 2015, where he chaired the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and was a member of the Audit Committee and Executive Committee.
Macnab holds a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and an MBA from Drexel University.
About Forest City
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $8.2 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.
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