TORONTO, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Granite Real Estate Investment Trust ("Granite") (TSX: GRT.UN /NYSE: GRP.U) today announced the appointment of Mr. Ilias Konstantopoulos as Granite's new Chief Financial Officer effective on or about September 12, 2016.
Mr. Konstantopoulos is a senior financial executive who brings over 20 years of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets expertise to Granite from his roles as Managing Partner at Brookfield Financial and Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets. Early in his career, Mr. Konstantopoulos worked for several years at Ernst & Young where he earned his Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant, CA, and United States Certified Public Accountant designations. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University and is a Professional Engineer.
"We are thrilled to have a person of Ilias' caliber joining the senior executive team at Granite," commented Michael Forsayeth, CEO of Granite REIT. "Over his career, Ilias has become a very well respected financial professional in both North America and Europe which, together with his extensive experience in real estate, M&A and capital markets, will help drive Granite's strategic vision of becoming a high quality, diversified, industrial real estate business."
Granite is a Canadian-based REIT engaged in the ownership and management of predominantly industrial, warehouse and logistics properties in North America and Europe. Granite owns approximately 30 million square feet in 94 rental income properties. Our tenant base currently includes Magna International Inc. and its operating subsidiaries as our largest tenants, together with tenants from other industries.
Copies of financial data and other publicly filed documents are available through the internet on Canadian Securities Administrators' Systems for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) which can be accessed at www.sedar.com and on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (EDGAR) which can be accessed at www.sec.gov. For further information, please see our website at www.granitereit.com or contact Michael Forsayeth, Chief Executive Officer, at 647-925-7600.
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SOURCE Granite Real Estate Investment Trust