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GE Real Estate
292 Long Ridge Road
Stamford
CT 06927
US
p. 203-961-5400
f. 203-357-4475

http://www.gerealestate.com
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General Email:800 Telephone:888-433-4778
Location Type:SubsidiaryCompany Type:Standard
Year Founded:1972Asset Amount (USD):
Sector Type:Private CompaniesTicker:
Primary Industry:Real Estate/Property ManagementSecondary Industry:Financial Services
SIC Code:6798NAICS:525930,531

Personnel
Name:Mr. Ronald Pressman
Title:Chief Executive Officer, Management
President, Administration
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Nickname:Date Appointed:6/2007
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Name:Mr. Stewart Koenigsberg
Title:Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Accounting
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Biography:As Chief Financial Officer of GE Real Estate, Stewart Koenigsberg is responsible for managing the financial risks of one of the worlds largest and most diverse real estate investors. For this company with a portfolio valued at approximately $40 billion, Stewarts significant experience and analytical skills help it balance its exposure to a wide variety of risks, including interest rate movements, currency fluctuations, changing creditworthiness of borrowers and operational risks. Much more than a skilled risk manager, however, Stewart has helped guide the companys rapid financial growth worldwide, and diversify its global portfolio with a more balanced mix of debt and equity investments. A strong team builder, Stewart supervises the chief financial officers of each business platform, lending his expertise to acquisitions, business integrations and portfolio analytics in 34 offices across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Prior to assuming his current position in 2001, Stewart served in variety of senior leadership positions with GE, most recently as Managing Director in charge of originations at GE Capital Market Services. He has been manager of finance, EVP Office; manager of financial planning and analysis for the CEOs office, focusing on strategic acquisitions and divestitures; and Chief Investment Officer at GE Mortgage Insurance. Before joining GE in 1989, Stewart spent eight years as a senior manager in Arthur Andersens Financial Services practice, advising investment banks and commercial banks on acquisitions and work-outs of their problem loan portfolios. A Certified Public Accountant, Stewart earned his BS from the City University of New York.
Name:Mr. Hank Zupnick
Title:Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
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Biography:As Chief Information Officer of GE Real Estate, Hank Zupnicks challenge is to unlock the power of technology to help drive global growth. When Hank joined the company in 2000, he and his staff began to identify where technology could help its real estate professionals become more productive and make investment decisions more effectively. Another important application for technology was to help the firm better manage transaction risks due to incomplete or inaccurate information. Hank oversees a team of professionals located in North America, Europe and Asia, and continues to apply information technology strategically to help GE Real Estate a corporate leader in a quintessentially face-to-face business operate more efficiently, responsively and profitably. Since his arrival at GE Real Estate, Hank has overseen the investment of more than $50 million in technological improvements. He has implemented a number of quantifiable improvements throughout the business. By automating deal origination, approval and closing processes, the transaction cycle has been shortened dramatically and the company now responds faster to client requests. With other technology innovations, Hank has made deal information more detailed and reliable, while the current status of each deal in progress worldwide is available with a few keystrokes. Hank has also strengthened GE Real Estates controllership capabilities by implementing worldwide financial control systems. Perhaps most important, he created enhanced business intelligence databases that enable the company to more accurately assess marketplace conditions and manage portfolio risks. Before taking his current position, Hank held IT leadership positions at other GE financial businesses in the United States and Europe. A recognized leader in the global applications of information technology, Hank also worked in senior positions with Citigroup and, previously, at Bankers Trust Company. Hank received both his MBA and BA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Name:Mr. Olivier Piani
Title:President, Business Unit
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Biography:Since Olivier Piani took the helm of GE Real Estate Europe, the company has experienced rapid expansion in both size and geographic reach. At the beginning of 1998, the European business consisted of some 50 professionals and a US$1.6 billion portfolio focused largely in the UK. Since that time, Olivier created a truly pan-European real estate business by making six acquisitions in major markets, then growing each enterprise. Today he manages 450 employees and a US$10 billion diversified portfolio across twelve countries and seven local offices. Under his leadership, GE Real Estate has become a recognized market leader in Europe, with both total assets and net income tripling since 2001. Oliviers growth strategy is based on three aspects: to leverage GEs balance sheet and AAA credit rating to expand the companys equity investments and debt financings; to build a strong and lasting presence in key European markets with local professionals; and to create long-term relationships with established operating partners across Europe. Olivier has turned GE Real Estate into a market pioneer in Europe. A leader in bringing customized capital solutions to the marketplace, the firm is increasingly viewed as a strong partner. His management experience has given Olivier particular expertise in measuring, managing and exiting the risks inherent in real estate. Prior to heading the European region, Olivier managed GE Real Estate France. Before coming to GE, Olivier was part of the GAN Group as General Manager of UIC-Sofal, a commercial bank invested in real estate. Previously he served in a variety of management roles within the Paribas Group. These included turning around portfolios of non-performing real estate loans for the Paribas Group from 1990 to 1995. Beginning in 1982, Olivier worked at Banque Paribas in financial management positions in Paris, New York and London. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey. Oliver received an MBA from Stanford University and is a graduate of Paris ESCP (Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris). He is a Board Member of Bail Investissement (a French REIT) and of the French real estate association, IEIEF.
Name:Mr. Joseph Parsons
Title:President, Administration
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Biography:As head of North America Equity for GE Real Estate, Joe Parsons leads a group of rapidly evolving real estate businesses stretching throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Drawing on his long financial experience, he is focused on building a balanced business with consistent earnings growth. Since his arrival in 2002, Joe has transformed a $2.4 billion U.S. portfolio into a diversified North America equity investment portfolio of approximately $9.5 billion controlling over $16 billion in real estate assets. Under Joes leadership, GE Real Estate made one of its largest and most significant acquisitions ever the $4.8 billion purchase in 2005 of Arden Realty, one of the foremost owner/managers of high-quality office property in Southern California. Joe leads GEs equity real estate investments, which include managing partnerships with leading real estate owners and operators as well as making direct investments in commercial properties. He has also guided the growth of related businesses, including debt and equity financing in the promising Mexican market, junior participating debt program and several business entities owned and managed by GE Real Estate including its assisted living, parking and self-storage operations. His business strategy is motivated by the recognition that success lies in helping GEs equity partners manage their businesses profitably. To achieve that goal, Joe brings a long-term perspective and an expanding array of equity financing solutions to the marketplace. Throughout his career, Joe has demonstrated an ability to recognize and unlock value in a changing marketplace. Before taking the helm at North America Equity, he was President and CEO of GE Equity, where he managed its $5 billion portfolio. Prior to that, he was President of GE Capitals innovative E-Business group, and Vice President, Business Development, GE Capital. Earlier in his career, Joe was a managing director of corporate finance at KPMG Peat Marwick and had senior management responsibilities at Sovereign National Management and Merrill Lynch. He earned an MBA from the University of Arkansas and a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
Name:Mr. Mark Hutchinson
Title:Vice President, AsiaEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:6/2007
Biography:Prior to this Mark held several leadership roles including president of GE Real Estate – Asia Pacific, head of Capital Markets at GE Capital Solutions and managing director of the Commercial Finance Capital Markets group in Europe and Asia. Mark obtained his Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland in Australia. He has been with GE for over 13 years.
Name:Mr. Alec Burger
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
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Biography:Alec Burger is a GE veteran with a proven record of business building GE Real Estates business in the United States and Europe. Recently appointed head of GE Real Estates North America Lending division, Alecs objective is to continue expanding the firms presence in the United States through new product development and strategic acquisitions. Alec takes control of a division with more than 300 sales, underwriting, closing and asset management professionals based in 19 major markets across the United States and Canada. The division offers an array of traditional and innovative lending products, including a variety of fixed rate and floating rate solutions, as well as senior and mezzanine debt structures. Lending is also a provider of financing solutions for niche asset classes including affordable housing, golf, hospitality, vacation ownership, manufactured home communities and RV resorts. In his previous position as Managing Director of GE Real Estate (UK) from 2002 to 2006, Alec ran a growing, profitable business with annual revenues reaching some $800 million. During his tenure, he substantially rebuilt GE Real Estates UK portfolio through asset and portfolio acquisitions, as well as strategic joint venture partnerships. These included the acquisitions of Benchmark and Haslemere, mezzanine financing for the Macdonalds and IHG hotel portfolios, as well as the sale of MEPC to Hermes. He joined GE Real Estate in 2000. Before heading GE Real Estates UK division, Alec spearheaded a number of other major strategic real estate acquisitions in the United States and the United Kingdom, including Heller Financial, Debis and the US$3.9 billion (£2.68 bn) acquisition of Security Capital. Alec joined GE in Corporate Business Development in 1991 and held a variety of management positions in the United Kingdom and the United States. Alec Burger earned a B.S. from Trinity College and received his M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Name:Mr. Bernard Garrigues
Title:Senior Vice President, Human Resources
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Biography:If GE is one of the worlds most sophisticated investors of financial capital, then Bernard Garrigues qualifies as one of the preeminent managers of human capital. As head of Global Human Resources for GE Real Estate, Bernard oversees human resources strategy in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia for this $40 billion (portfolio value) company. During the past four years, Bernard has presided over a human resources function that has doubled in size to some 75 professionals, while GE Real Estates overall headcount has grown from about 1,000 to approximately 6,000. With a primary goal to attract and retain business-building executive talent, Bernard has helped develop a senior leadership team marked by its long tenure at GE and in the real estate industry. As one who sees human resources as a strategic business partner, Bernard is engaged in building a company whose senior executives have strong financial or real estate acumen, coupled with the extraordinary business leadership skills for which GE is well known. Though having local professionals running each market is the ideal, Bernard also believes that transfer of expertise throughout the company is critical to its long-term success. Often expatriates oversee the start-up of ventures in new markets, and local market executives spend time at GE Real Estate headquarters to gain experience in the firms business philosophy and global operations. A 15-year GE veteran, Bernard worked as human resources vice president for GE Medical Systems in Paris and Milwaukee, then for GE Capital IT Solutions in Cincinnati before assuming his present position in 2001. In each of his GE roles, Bernard has sought to make the HR function perform as an agent of change to energize the business culture and help fuel growth. After earning degrees in Industrial Relations and Business Law from the Law School of Montpellier in France, Bernard worked for an international research and development company in Paris as Labor Counsel. He also held human resources leadership positions at Primisteres Group and C.P.O. (Elf Aquitaine).
Name:Ms. Kathleen Carey
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
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Biography:Kathleen Carey is Senior Vice President of GE Real Estate's E-Business and Quality. She joined GE Real Estate in 1996 and administered the disposition of over $230MM in real estate assets. In 1997, Kathleen became a member of Real Estate's Quality team as a Black Belt and then Master Black Belt. In May 2000, she was promoted to the business's leadership team as E-Business Leader. Kathleen holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law. Prior to joining GE, she practiced law in the commercial real estate group of the Stamford, Connecticut-based law firm, Cummings & Lockwood.
Name:Mr. Chas Curtis
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
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Biography:Chas Curtis is Senior Vice President, Pricing of GE Real Estate where he leads pricing activities worldwide with a strong focus on industry trends, market analysis, value mapping, customer profitability, and waterfall management. Chas comes to Real Estate from Storage USA where he served as their Senior Vice President of Pricing since 2002. Before Storage USA, Chas spent five years with Security Capital Group building their research function then working with the CEO and senior team on investment and disposition strategies. Prior to that, he led global engagement groups at Booz Allen and Hamilton. Chas received his M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1994.
Name:Mr. Tony Kinnel
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
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Biography:Tony Kinnel is Senior Vice President, Sourcing for GE Real Estate. In his role, Tony is responsible for overall global purchasing as it relates to GE Real Estate and its partners; controlling cost of goods and driving deflation and digitization across all platforms. Tony comes to us from GE Support Services (GESS) where he served as General Manager GESS Industrial, leading the team in achieving $58.9MM in sales. Prior to this he was Sourcing Manager at GE Supply Aircraft Engines where he controlled a $200MM purchase base for a business that distributed after market spare parts. Previously, Tony was a Six Sigma Quality Leader. Tony received his B.S./B.A. in 1997 and his M.B.A. in 2002 from Almeda College.
Name:Mr. Bob Pfeiffer
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
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Biography:A 30-year GE Real Estate veteran, Bob Pfeiffer is no stranger to the cycles of the global real estate business. As head of Global Asset Management Services, he has earned a reputation for taking a long-term perspective of the industry as he manages GEs Real Estate portfolio as a flexible investor with creative solutions to maximize Real Estate returns in changing market environments. Bob has responsibility for GE Real Estates worldwide property portfolio consisting of both debt and equity investments. Bob directs a portfolio of some 6,000 properties with net earning assets of approximately $35 billion. In this role, he manages a team of 380 full-time experienced professionals located in 23 markets around the world. Bob expanded GE Real Estate Global Asset Management Services to its current size from a 3-person group overseeing a $175 million troubled US property portfolio in 1976. During 1980s, he managed the groups expansion into Mexico, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe. Bob has consistently focused the firms portfolio on high-quality, diversified, Real Estate investments. Bob is a proven business manager who has consistently focused on building customer relationships, property level performance, and emerging market trends. He leverages GEs capital, structuring expertise, and market intelligence across Real Estates worldwide platform. Bob notes that GE Real Estates full-time Global Asset Management network differentiates GE in world markets as the localized Asset Management teams cement and expand customer relationships as well as position the company to make informed property level decisions. Bob serves on GE Real Estates Credit Committee and is President of GE Realty Advisors. An ardent proponent of community service, Bob is a founding member and director of the Housing Development Fund, a non-profit organization that develops housing and provides financial counseling and assistance for low-income families in Fairfield County, Connecticut. This group has created more than 1500 affordable housing units in lower Fairfield County communities during the last 17 years. Bob earned a BA from Lehigh University.
Name:Mr. Jayne Day
Title:Senior Vice President, Other
Chief Risk Officer, Research & Development
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Biography:After becoming Chief Risk Officer at GE Real Estate, Jayne Day transformed risk management from a single step at the end of the investment process into a best-in-class discipline that has become a competitive advantage for which GE is well known. Jayne believes this expertise is increasingly valuable as the real estate business expands into emerging markets characterized by differing legal systems, currency regulations and concepts of property rights. Jayne Day assumed her current position in 1993, and has grown the risk management function at GE Real Estate from 6 people in one office to 300 professionals in 23 locations across North America, Europe and Asia. Today, she is responsible for managing the global risk exposure of the firms transactions as well as its approximately $40 billion real estate portfolio. Her role includes evaluating and controlling risks related to underwriting, closing, the environment, engineering and portfolio strategy in 92 markets worldwide. Jayne also heads GE Real Estates Credit Committee and serves on its Investment Committee. Jayne joined GE Real Estate in 1991 as finance manager for the portfolio acquisitions team, where she helped to opportunistically acquire real estate holdings from savings and loans institutions. Before coming to GE, Jayne was a partner at KPMG in New York focused primarily on real estate. As only the second woman named audit partner and the first to return after maternity leave, Jayne has continually served as a role model and mentor for her colleagues. Jayne earned her MBA in accounting from Pace University, where she participated in the Graduate Management Program for Women, and received a BBA from Siena College.
Name:Ms. Eileen Brumback
Title:General Counsel, Legal
Senior Vice President,
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Biography:As General Counsel for GE Real Estate, Eileen Brumback oversees a global legal practice whose mission is to ensure best-practice standards for the companys real estate operations in 23 markets around the world. Eileen leads a team of 35 partner-level attorneys who represent perhaps the greatest concentration of legal experience within the real estate industry. This team, in turn, manages and oversees the legal work of top-quality local market law firms who represent GE Real Estate wherever the company does business. The rapid growth of cross-border real estate investments outside the United States presents unique legal issues. To address these issues, Eileen is building out GE Real Estates legal capabilities in Europe and Asia to ensure smooth cross-border and in-market transactions that conform to all compliance regulations. In developing markets that may have relatively recent traditions of contracts and property rights, Eileens challenge is to work with institutional-quality local law firms to ensure that all real estate transactions meet appropriate corporate standards. In an industry where speed and service quality are increasingly important, Eileen has taken the initiative to make it easier for customers worldwide to do business with GE Real Estate from simplifying documentation to streamlining the transaction process. Eileen joined GE Real Estate in 2004 after 18 years with King & Spalding LLP. During her tenure at the law firm, she steadily increased her responsibilities, including opening the firms New York office and expanding it from 20 to 175 lawyers. She built the firms real estate practice into one of the acknowledged leaders in the field. King & Spalding relied upon Eileens vision and strategic thinking in her additional roles as a hiring partner and a member of its operating committee. Eileen earned her law degree from the University of Virginia.
Name:Mr. Kyle Williams
Title:Senior Director, Other
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Nickname:Date Appointed:3/2006
Biography:Previously, Williams served as a Director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP where he was responsible for arranging debt, mezzanine, and equity capital for a variety of property types. Prior to that, he worked for Archon Financial/Goldman Sachs and Company, and Chase Bank. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Austin College.
Name:Mr. Jonathan Kern
Title:Global Chief Investment OfficerEmail:
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Biography:Jonathan Kern is GE Real Estate's Global Chief Investment Officer, responsible for strategic planning at one of the worlds largest and most diverse commercial real estate companies. To Jonathan, strategic planning is an essential component of consistent business growth over the long term. With this perspective, he provides overall direction for the business, with particular attention to penetrating new markets and formulating new products. Jonathan arrived at GE Real Estate in 2003 and, starting with a staff of 10, worked to build GEs ability to offer an increasingly wide range of real estate products to a broader and more global range of clients. Today he manages a team of 70 planners, market researchers and other specialists evenly split between Stamford, Connecticut and the individual business units across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Their charter is to see, and seize, opportunity in advance of change. Jonathans team utilizes extensive market research and rigorous process to analyze each opportunity. Then the team prepares a strategic plan for implementation by the local or business managers. In addition, Jonathan is also responsible for managing the firms commercial excellence, customer loyalty, sales force effectiveness, market research and marketing communications programs. Under his leadership, GE Real Estate has seen increasing customer satisfaction and a more productive sales force with longer average industry experience. Before joining GE Real Estate, Jonathan spent ten years at J. E. Robert Company, a privately held real estate investment firm, the last six of which he served as President and Chief Investment Officer. Previously, he spent seven years with Bankers Trust Company holding positions of increasing responsibility in real estate finance. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and received an MBA with distinction from The Wharton School.
Name:Mr. Bruce Nelson
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Biography:Bruce Nelson is a 28-year GE veteran with a record as an accomplished sales manager and business leader. As President & Chief Executive Officer of Business Property, a core GE Real Estate business, Bruce leads a growing U.S. and Canadian operation serving some 4,000 small business and middle-market customers. With serviced assets of more than $12 billion, Business Property focuses on the single tenant, owner-occupied market. The business serves mortgage and commercial real estate brokers, as well as developers and investors across a broad range of industries, including light industrial and manufacturing, retail businesses, offices, health care and hotels. Transactions in this segment of the market typically range from $1 million to $50 million. Bruce took the helm of Business Property in 1998, managing a new entity created through the merger of two related GE businesses. A skilled team builder, he now leads the efforts of an experienced 100-person sales force working from 6 regional headquarters across the United States and Canada. Currently, Bruces team generates more than $3 billion in new business annually. Bruce has fostered the growth of Business Property by enhancing the groups capabilities in four key areas: origination, underwriting, portfolio management and servicing. Customers benefit from an expanding range of reliable financial solutions, including equity investment, debt financing and innovative sale-leaseback strategies. His strategy for managing risk rests on diversifying the groups portfolio broadly and emphasizing creditworthiness in addition to property value. Bruce began his GE career in 1978 in GEs financial management program. Since then he has held various sales management and leadership assignments. He holds a BA from Miami University (OH) and an MBA from the University of Miami (FL).
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