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Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

Mark A. Alexander
Mark A. Alexander
Chairman of the Audit Committee and Board Member
Mark A. Alexander Mr. Alexander was elected to the Board in 2016 and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is Chairman and CEO of Landmark Property Group, LLC ('LPG'), a private equity and real estate management company. Prior to founding LPG (formerly known as Alexander Investors LLC) in 2009, Mr. Alexander served as CEO, President and Director of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SPH), a distributor of propane gas to approximately 1.1 million residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers in 41 states.

Prior to Suburban Propane Partners, Mr. Alexander served as Senior Vice President Corporate Development at Hanson Industries, Inc., the U.S. arm of Hanson PLC, in London.

Mr. Alexander is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on the Board of Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN) and as a Director of the Business Advisory Council at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
Peter J. Farrell
Peter J. Farrell
Board Member
Peter J. Farrell Mr. Farrell was elected to the Board in 2016 and serves as chairman of the Compensation Committee. He is a Partner and Co-founder of CityInterests, LLC and PADC Realty Investors LLC (PADC), both Washington, DC real estate development and investment companies. Prior to founding PADC, Mr. Farrell was President and Chief Operating Officer of Medical Office Properties Inc., a REIT focused on healthcare related real estate assets.

Before joining Medical Office Properties, Mr. Farrell served in various positions at Legg Mason Wood Walker. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Mr. Farrell spent 13 years in commercial real estate leasing and sales at Shannon and Luchs Company and Cassidy and Pinkard Inc. in Washington, DC.

During 2004 and 2005, Mr. Farrell served as Director of CRT Properties Inc. and was a member of the Investment, Compensation and Governance Committees. The NYSE-listed REIT was sold and merged into DRA Advisors in 2005. A graduate of Georgetown University, Mr. Farrell serves on boards of several educational institutions and philanthropic organizations.
Benjamin H. Griswold IV
Benjamin H. Griswold IV
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Board Member
Benjamin H. Griswold IV Mr. Griswold currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee, having previously served as Lead Director from July 2010 to January 2012. Mr. Griswold is a partner and Chairman of Brown Advisory Inc., a Baltimore-based firm providing asset management and strategic advisory services in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Brown Advisory in March 2005, Mr. Griswold served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., having served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, the predecessor of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., since the acquisition of Bankers Trust by Deutsche Bank in 1999. Mr. Griswold began his career at Alex. Brown & Sons in 1967 and became a partner of the firm in 1972. He headed the company's research department, equity trading and equity division prior to being elected Vice Chairman of the Board and Director in 1984 and became Chairman of the Board in 1987. Upon the acquisition of Alex. Brown by Bankers Trust New York Corporation in 1997, he became Senior Chairman of BT Alex. Brown.

Mr. Griswold is currently a member of the board of Flowers Foods. A former Director of the New York Stock Exchange, he is active in civic affairs in the Baltimore area and serves as an Emeritus Trustee of Johns Hopkins University, and he heads the endowment board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His board experience and his past experience as a director of the New York Stock Exchange give him a detailed understanding of corporate governance in general and audit, compensation, governance, and finance committee functions in particular.
Axel K. A. Hansing
Axel K. A. Hansing
Board Member
Axel K. A. Hansing Mr. Hansing is a Partner at Coller Capital, Ltd., a global leader in the private equity secondary market, and is responsible for the origination, execution, and monitoring of investments. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2000, Mr. Hansing was Chief Executive Officer of Hansing Associates, a corporate finance boutique, which he founded in 1994. He was previously Managing Director of Equitable Capital Management (New York and London) and head of the International Division of Bayerische Hypotheken und Wechsel-Bank in Munich and New York, and he spent four years with Merrill Lynch International Banking in London and Hong Kong.

Mr. Hansing attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has served as a member of the Investment Committee since September 2008. Mr. Hansing brings to the Board over 40 years of experience in international corporate real estate and investment banking, including private equity investment both as a general partner and a limited partner.
Jean E. Hoysradt
Jean E. Hoysradt
Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee
Board Member
Jean E. Hoysradt Ms. Hoysradt served as Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee from June 2015 to January 2017, having served as a member of the Committee since January 2011. Ms. Hoysradt served as Chief Investment Officer of Mousse Partners Limited, a leading private investment office based in New York, from April 2001 to December 2015. She served as Senior Vice President and head of the Investment and Treasury Departments at New York Life Insurance Company from 1991 to 2000 and previously held positions in investment banking and investment management at Manufacturers Hanover, First Boston, and Equitable Life.

A graduate of Duke University, Ms. Hoysradt also holds an M.B.A. from the Columbia University School of Business. Ms. Hoysradt brings to the Board many years of real estate, private equity, and investment expertise, along with domestic and international experience, which have been great assets to the Investment Committee for the past five years.

Margaret G. Lewis
Margaret G. Lewis
Board Member
Margaret G. Lewis Ms. Lewis was elected to the W. P. Carey Board of Directors in 2017 and is a member of the Audit and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees.

Currently serving as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and as a Director of Flowers Foods, Ms. Lewis has also served on the boards of the Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and Smithfield Foods, Inc. In addition, she has previous corporate board experience as well as extensive background as a senior healthcare executive, having served as President of the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Capital Division from 2006 to 2013 and their Central Atlantic Division prior to that. Ms. Lewis also served as Chief Executive Officer of CJW Medical Center, which managed the operations of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis hospitals in the Richmond area.

Ms. Lewis holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from John Tyler Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and an MBA from Averett University. In addition, she is certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Christopher J. Niehaus
Christopher J. Niehaus
Board Member
Christopher J. Niehaus

Chris Niehaus was elected to the Board in 2016 and as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2018. He serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee and as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a Partner of GreenOak Real Estate with responsibility for its US business and is a member of its Global Investment Committee. GreenOak is an independent, partner owned, real estate principal investing and advisory firm with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Madrid.

 

Prior to GreenOak, Mr. Niehaus spent 28 years at Morgan Stanley and during his tenure helped build and run one of the leading global real estate banking, lending and investing businesses. He was named Co-Head of Global Real Estate Investment Banking in 1994 and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Real Estate from 2006 to 2010. Chris was also an Investment Committee Member for the Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Special Situation Funds from 1994 to 2010.

 

Mr. Niehaus is on the Executive Board of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the President's Leadership Council of Dartmouth College, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Student Sponsor Partners, a charitable organization that provides scholarships and mentoring to 1,200 at risk, inner city New York City high school students. He previously has served on the boards of private equity real estate companies in the US, Europe and Asia.

Nick J.M. van Ommen
Nick J.M. van Ommen
Board Member
Nick J.M. van Ommen Mr. van Ommen served as Chief Executive Officer of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) from 2000 to 2008, promoting, developing and representing the European public real estate sector. He has over three decades of financial industry experience, serving in various roles in the banking, venture capital, and asset management sectors. Mr. van Ommen currently serves on the supervisory boards of IMMOFINANZ AG, a listed real estate company in Austria, and Allianz Benelux SA, a private company that offers life and non-life insurance products in Belgium. He served on the supervisory boards of VASTNED Retail and Intervest Offices & Warehouses, listed real estate companies in Belgium, from April 2007 until April 2016, when he stepped down after reaching the maximum term of service.

Mr. van Ommen has served as a member of the Investment Committee since September 2008. An M.B.A. graduate and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Mr. van Ommen brings to the Board over 35 years of financial and real estate experience, particularly in Europe.
Robert J. Flanagan
Robert J. Flanagan
Robert J. Flanagan Mr. Flanagan joined our Board in March 2018. He is President of Clark Enterprises Inc., a private investment firm with a diversified portfolio of holdings including real estate and private equity. As Managing Director of CNF Investments LLC, its private equity division, he serves on the boards of Brown Advisory and Svelte Medical Systems and Vascular Therapies. Mr. Flanagan is a member of the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. As a board member of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, which invests in engineering education, veterans support and the Washington, DC community, he oversees the effort in vetting organizations that provide substantive services to U.S. military veterans and their families.

Mr. Flanagan previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Washington, DC’s Federal City Council, was a board member of two publicly traded companies, Martek Biosciences Corporation and Sagent Pharmaceuticals, and was Treasurer, Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of Baltimore Orioles, Inc.

Mr. Flanagan received a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University, an MST from the American University School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Washington, DC.
Jason E. Fox
Jason E. Fox
Jason E. Fox Jason E. Fox was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company's Board of Directors in January 2018. Prior to his current position, Mr. Fox served as President from 2016 to 2017, Head of Global Investments from 2015 to 2016 and Co-Head from 2011 to 2015. During his tenure, Mr. Fox has been responsible for more than $10 billion of acquisitions. Transactions he has closed since joining W. P. Carey include the $225-million acquisition of The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan and the $312-million acquisition of 78 retail self-storage and truck rental facilities operated under the U-Haul brand name.

Before joining W. P. Carey in 2002, Mr. Fox worked at the Spectrem Group, a consulting and M&A advisory firm in San Francisco. Prior to Spectrem, he spent two years teaching mathematics and physics at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Mr. Fox is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A former captain of the Notre Dame soccer team, Mr. Fox still enjoys playing soccer in his free time and is a member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation New York Leadership Council.
 

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