Ms. Nevo-Hacohen, Mr. Sabshon and Mr. Wilsmann Each Brings Decades of Experience and Relevant Expertise
NEW YORKSeritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) (the “Company” or “Seritage”), a national owner and developer of 170 residential, retail and mixed-use properties, today announced the appointment of Talya Nevo-Hacohen, Mitchell Sabshon and Mark Wilsmann to its Board of Trustees, effective immediately.
These appointments follow the Seritage Board’s previously announced intent to identify additional trustee candidates to further enhance the Board’s investment and transaction experience:
Ms. Nevo-Hacohen is EVP and Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc., a leading owner and operator of healthcare industry real estate in the U.S. and Canada. Since joining Sabra in 2010, Ms. Nevo-Hacohen has overseen investments totaling $6.0 billion, and she recently played a pivotal role in Sabra’s and Sienna Senior Living’s formation of a joint venture to acquire 11 senior housing communities for $243 million.
Mr. Sabshon is CEO and President of Inland Real Estate Investment Corporation and CEO of multiple related non-listed REITs including: Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., a multi-tenant retail REIT; InPoint Commercial Real Estate Income, Inc., a commercial mortgage REIT and MH Ventures Fund II, Inc., a privately held manufactured housing community REIT.
Mr. Wilsmann served as Managing Director and Head of Equity Investments for MetLife Investment Management - Real Estate. Mr. Wilsmann helped build MetLife’s $32 billion direct property investment platform, which he and his team invested on behalf of the MetLife General Account as well as institutional investors including public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies.
“Talya, Mitchell and Mark are accomplished real estate professionals, and we are excited to welcome them to the Seritage Board,” said Andrea Olshan, Chief Executive Officer of Seritage Growth Properties. “They all have meaningful experience leading investment platforms across real estate sectors and significant expertise executing complex transactions. We look forward to benefitting from this wealth of knowledge as we continue our process to unlock the compelling value of the Seritage portfolio for the benefit of shareholders.”
Seritage also announced that Trustees David Fawer and Thomas Steinberg have resigned from the Seritage Board, effective upon Ms. Nevo-Hacohen’s, Mr. Sabshon’s and Mr. Wilsmann’s appointments. Following these changes, the Seritage Board now comprises eight members, seven of whom are independent.
“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to David and Tom for their contributions to Seritage,” Ms. Olshan continued. “It has been a pleasure to work with them during my tenure as CEO.”
About Talya Nevo-Hacohen Ms. Nevo-Hacohen has served as EVP, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. since November 2010. From September 2006 to August 2008 and from February 2009 to November 2010, Ms. Nevo-Hacohen served as an advisor to private real estate developers and operators regarding property acquisitions and dispositions, corporate capitalization, and equity and debt capital raising. Previously, Ms. Nevo-Hacohen was a Managing Director with Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management, LLC. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Nevo-Hacohen served as Senior Vice President—Capital Markets and Treasurer for HCP, Inc., a healthcare REIT. Prior to her time with HCP, Ms. Nevo-Hacohen spent 10 years with Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she was a Vice President in the investment banking and finance, operations and administration divisions.
About Mitchell Sabshon Mr. Sabshon serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Inland Real Estate Investment Corporation, where he leads the execution of Inland’s long-term business strategy. Mr. Sabshon is also Chief Executive Officer of Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., a publicly registered, non-listed multi-tenant retail REIT, InPoint Commercial Real Estate Income, Inc., a publicly registered, non-listed commercial mortgage REIT, and MH Ventures Fund II, Inc., a privately held manufactured housing community REIT. He previously served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Cole Real Estate Investments. Before that, he spent almost 10 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in various leadership roles, including President and CEO of Goldman Sachs Commercial Mortgage Capital. He also served as a Senior Vice President in Lehman Brothers real estate investment banking group. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Sabshon was an attorney in the corporate and real estate structured finance practice groups at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.
About Mark Wilsmann Mr. Wilsmann spent 31 years in real estate with MetLife Investment Management, including roles in asset management, acquisitions, mortgage lending, portfolio management, regional operations, and merger integration. He most recently served as Managing Director and Head of Equity Investments. He assumed this role in 2012 to help build MetLife's $32 billion direct property investment platform, investing on behalf of the MetLife General Account as well as institutional investors including public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies, via co-mingled funds and managed accounts. He also oversaw more than $7 billion in ground up development investments in apartments, industrial, office, retail, life sciences, data centers, and hotels. Between 2003 and 2012, Wilsmann led MetLife's commercial mortgage lending business, directing product design, pricing, and origination activities and chairing the investment committee.
About Seritage Growth Properties Seritage is principally engaged in the ownership, development, redevelopment, management, sale and leasing of diversified and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 162 properties comprised of approximately 19.2 million square feet of GLA or build-to-suit leased area (approximately 17.2 million at share), approximately 3.9 million of which is held by unconsolidated entities (approximately 1.9 million at share), approximately 600 acres held for or under development and approximately 9.4 million square feet of GLA or approximately 800 acres to be disposed of.
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