Management

Management

Management

Albert P. Behler
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Albert Behler–67–has been our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since 2014. Mr. Behler joined our company in October 1991 as President and Chief Executive Officer, where he oversaw all of the acquisitions and dispositions that produced our current portfolio of assets. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Behler held various leadership positions at Thyssen, a German multinational conglomerate that he joined in 1973. He ran Thyssen Saudia Company, Ltd as Managing Director and was President of Thyssen Rheinstahl in Atlanta, Georgia from 1985 to 1991. In his positions with Thyssen, Mr. Behler was responsible for, among other duties, the acquisition, financing, development and disposition of more than ten million square feet of commercial real estate in various countries. Mr. Behler’s board and association memberships presently include serving as a member of The Real Estate Roundtable, Washington, D.C.; a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York; a member of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the American Council on Germany’s Business Advisory Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors of Citymeals-on-Wheels. Mr. Behler is also a former member of the Executive Committee of the Greenprint Foundation and the Board of Directors of the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, and a former Chairman of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE). Mr. Behler studied law at the University of Cologne and graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Wilbur Paes
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Wilbur Paes–41–has been our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since March 2016. Before being appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Mr. Paes was our Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer since 2014. Prior to joining our executive management team in 2014, Mr. Paes was a Senior Vice President at Vornado Realty Trust, a publicly traded REIT, where he spent over 11 years and held a myriad of positions in accounting and finance. Prior to that, Mr. Paes worked for the international public accounting firms of KPMG LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP, where he served some of the firms’ largest real estate clients. Mr. Paes graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Information Systems. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of New York, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Peter R.C. Brindley
Executive Vice President, Leasing
Peter Brindley–42–has been our Executive Vice President, Leasing since December 2017. Before being appointed Executive Vice President, Leasing, Mr. Brindley was Senior Vice President, Leasing of our New York portfolio since September 2015. Mr. Brindley joined our company in December 2010 as Vice President of Leasing. He is currently responsible for the leasing oversight of our Company’s entire portfolio in New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Prior to joining our Company, he served as a Senior Director at Tishman Speyer in their New York office where he was responsible for the leasing of over 9 million square feet in New York including Rockefeller Center, 666 Fifth Avenue and The MetLife Building. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer in 2004, Mr. Brindley worked at CB Richard Ellis in the brokerage services group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Avenue of the Americas Association, where he serves as Treasurer. He is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. Mr. Brindley graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Business and received his Master of Science degree in Real Estate Finance & Investment from New York University.
David Zobel
Executive Vice President, Head of Acquisitions
David Zobel–33–has been our Executive Vice President, Head of Acquisitions, since June 2018. He is responsible for all acquisition and disposition related activities, including sourcing, underwriting, and structuring all debt and equity investments on behalf of our Company and our funds. Mr. Zobel joined our company in 2008 and since 2016, has served as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions. During his time at our Company, Mr. Zobel has been instrumental in completing transactions in excess of $5 billion. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Zobel worked in the Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group at Credit Suisse, where he specialized in high-yield distribution and was involved in the structuring, pricing, and sale of over $4 billion of subordinated commercial mortgage debt. Mr. Zobel graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance.
Gage Johnson
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Gage Johnson–57–has been our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since 2014. Mr. Johnson joined our company in May 2009 as General Counsel. Previously, since 2005, Mr. Johnson was General Counsel of Citi Property Investors, the global real estate investment management arm of Citigroup, where he was a Managing Director responsible for virtually all legal aspects of real estate investments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in all property sectors. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Johnson was an Executive Director in the Law Department at Morgan Stanley Real Estate, the investment firm’s real estate unit. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Johnson served in various roles at Lend Lease Real Estate, part of a publicly-traded property group specializing in project management and construction, real estate investment and development, most recently as General Counsel. Prior to joining Lend Lease Real Estate, Mr. Johnson was an attorney with the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP in Washington, D.C. He was formerly the Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. Mr. Johnson graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and from the University of Virginia School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.