Investment firm W. P. Carey & Co. LLC has announced the appointment of Thomas E. Zacharias as Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity Mr. Zacharias will be responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the Company and will report directly to W. P. Careyâs Chief Executive Officer Gordon F. DuGan.
Mr. Zacharias will continue to serve as Managing Director and Head of W. P. Careyâs Asset Management Department and as President of Corporate Property Associates 16 - Global (CPAÂ®:16 - Global), an affiliated income generating, publicly held, non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) managed by W. P. Carey.
Gordon F. DuGan, W. P. Careyâs CEO, said, âW. P. Carey has experienced significant growth over the past five years, both in terms of its assets under management and in its investor base. As a result, we are becoming an increasingly large and complex company with the attendant needs of such a company."
âTom is a talented individual who currently serves as President of CPAÂ®:16 - Global and Head of our Asset Management Department,â Mr. DuGan continued. âHe is extremely qualified and I can think of no better person to serve as our COO. His expertise makes him the ideal person for this job and I look forward to working closely with him as we look to build a more efficient company for our investors and tenant companies alike.â
Thomas E. Zacharias will be responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the Company
Thomas E. Zacharias, Chief Operating Officer, said, âWe have a wonderful and dedicated team at W. P. Carey and it is an honor to be a part of it. Our growth in providing long-term financing to our tenant companies and income to our investors has increased the workload of our operations over the years. As COO, I will look to improve the efficiencies of our internal operations.â
Mr. Zacharias joined W. P. Carey in April 2002 as Managing Director and Head of the companyâs Asset Management Department. In February 2004, he was appointed President of CPAÂ®:16 - Global.
Prior to W. P. Carey he was a Senior Vice President of MetroNexus North America, a Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds Enterprise. Before joining MetroNexus in 2000, Mr. Zacharias was a Principal at Lend Lease Development U.S., a global real estate investment management, property development and construction management company. From 1981 and 1998, he was a senior officer at Corporate Property Investors, which at the time of its merger into Simon Property Group in 1998, was the largest private equity real estate investment trust.
Mr. Zacharias received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976 and an MBA from Yale School of Management in 1979. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and NAREIT. Mr. Zacharias previously served as an independent director of W. P. Carey's REITs CIPÂ®, CPAÂ®:12, CPAÂ®:14 and CPAÂ®:15.
Source: W.P. Carey