TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) today announced that John Goodey has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to succeed Scott Estes, who is leaving Welltower to pursue other opportunities. Goodey has been with the company since 2014 and previously served as Senior Vice President – International.
"John Goodey is an outstanding member of our management team with decades of experience in health care, real estate and finance," said Tom DeRosa, Welltower's Chief Executive Officer. "Under John's leadership, our international business and partnerships have grown significantly in premier private-pay markets such as London and Toronto. His long career and proven financial leadership make him uniquely qualified to assume the CFO position and help take Welltower to the next level."
"Scott Estes has played a leading role in Welltower's growth over the past fifteen years," added DeRosa. "I would like to thank Scott for his professionalism and dedication in supporting our capital markets success, financial transparency and shareholder value creation. We wish him great success in the future."
"Welltower is in the best financial position in its nearly 50-year history, and we have assembled a great team to take the Company forward," said Scott Estes. "This is a good time for a transition, and I am excited about taking on new challenges and passing the baton to John."
As Chief Financial Officer, John Goodey will lead Welltower's corporate finance function and be responsible for capital markets, portfolio management, financial planning and analysis, information technology, accounting and tax. He joined the company in 2014 and has been responsible for running Welltower's international business, including origination, asset management and development in the U.K. and Canada, building a first-in-class seniors housing portfolio of over $6 billion in gross real estate investments. Prior to joining Welltower, John held several senior investment banking roles, including Director and Global Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank's Global M&A business, and Managing Director of Barclays' Healthcare Investment Banking practice. John began his career in finance and accounting for GlaxoWellcome.
Welltower also announced that two of its executives are expected to take on increased leadership roles in January 2018.
Shankh Mitra, currently SVP – Finance and Investments, will assume full responsibility for Welltower's Investment Team as SVP – Investments and report directly to CEO Tom DeRosa.
Justin Skiver, currently SVP – Underwriting, who has been the leader of Welltower's investment team since 2015, will take over John Goodey's role as SVP – International, reporting to Mercedes Kerr, Executive Vice President – Business and Relationship Management, and will be based in London.
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 http://welltower.com/.
Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
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