The Executive Board of ICSC is comprised of a small, select group of current trustees elected by the Board of Trustees. Members of the Executive Board are responsible for the governance and oversight of matters affecting ICSC’s activities.
Chairman, President & CEO, Acadia Realty Trust, White Plains, NY, United States
Kenneth F. Bernstein is the president and CEO of Acadia Realty Trust, which he co-founded in 1998. Acadia is a REIT that specializes in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of open-air retail properties. Along with his responsibilities at Acadia, Bernstein is an ICSC trustee and the association’s 2017–2018 chairman. He was COO of RD Capital until its merger with Mark Centers Trust in 1998, which created Acadia Realty Trust. In addition to being a member of the World Presidents Organization, where he was founding chairman of the Real Estate Network, he currently serves on the board of advisers. He is also a member of the trustee board at Golub Capital.
Vice Chairman, 2017-2018, Vice President - Real Estate, The Container Store, Coppell, TX, United States
As vice president of real estate at The Container Store, Valerie Richardson is responsible for site evaluation and lease negotiation as well as store design coordination and construction for the nationwide store-expansion program. Before this, she was senior vice president of real estate and Development for Ann Taylor, Inc. She joined the ICSC trustee board in 2004. Richardson is also a member of the trustee board of Baylor-Plano Medical Center, in Plano, Texas.
Chairman, ICSC 2016-2017, Chief Executive Officer, Abbell Associates, LLC, Chicago, IL, United States
Elizabeth I. Holland is CEO of Abbell Associates, a private real estate investment, development and management company. She is responsible for business and legal matters, including development, financing, leasing, capital and construction projects, as well as investor and tenant relations. Before joining Abbell, she was a senior staff attorney for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, a congressional commission charged with making recommendations to the Bankruptcy Code. Holland was ICSC chairman for the 2016–2017 term and vice chairman for the 2015–2016 term, as well as being a member of the executive and trustee boards. Holland is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and of the Commercial & Retail Council.
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Suria KLCC SDN BHD, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Brien is CEO of Suria KLCC and a management committee member at Malaysia’s KLCC Property Holdings Berhad. Before joining Suria KLCC, Brien held state and national management positions at Colgate-Palmolive, Lendlease Corp., Westfield Holdings and others. He is an active ICSC member and has pursued the growth of shopping center education in Southeast Asia. He is chairman of the ICSC Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, having served on this board while being ICSC’s Malaysia director.
Executive Vice President, President, Midwest, Brixmor, United States
Vince Corno is executive vice president of Brixmor and president of the firm’s Midwest division. He has day-to-day, strategic responsibility for the leasing, value-enhancing reinvestment and ancillary income efforts of a portfolio of about 100 open-air retail properties. Before this, he was executive vice president of leasing and development at DDR Corp. Corno is a member of the bar associations of Illinois and Missouri, and he is a CPA. He is an ICSC trustee and executive board member.
Vice President - Real Estate, Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA, United States
As vice president of real estate for Nordstrom, John Dolson supports the team responsible for the company’s real estate program, which includes full-line and Nordstrom Rack stores, offices and industrial space. John began his career at Nordstrom in 1999 as an intern in the real estate department, and he has been regional real estate manager, real estate director and a divisional vice president of real estate at the firm.
Founder and CEO, Hutensky Capital Partners, Hartford, CT, United States
Brad Hutensky is president and principal of Hutensky Capital Partners, a family of investment funds that invests in underperforming retail real estate by providing joint-venture equity to strong operating partners. He is also president of the Hartford, Conn.–based Hutensky Group, a full-service shopping center company. Hutensky has served in many roles at ICSC, including chairman for the 2012–2013 term. He was vice president of the Eastern Division and a member of the executive committee. He is also a past council chairman of the Urban Land Institute, in addition to serving on several community boards.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DLC Management Corporation, Tarrytown, NY, United States
Adam Ifshin is CEO of DLC Management Corp., which he co-founded in 1991. Through his leadership, DLC has become one of the country’s largest owner-operators of retail shopping centers and among the most active acquirers of centers with value-added potential. Ifshin is also founder and president of Delphi Commercial Properties, co-founder and president of DLC Investment Securities Corp., and co-founder of DLC UrbanCore and DLC Development. Ifshin is chairman of the ICSC Government Relations Economic Sub-Committee and was chairman of the ICSC National Deal Making. He is also an active lobbyist for the shopping center industry and has testified in Congress on behalf of ICSC and The Real Estate Roundtable on the taxation of carried interests. Ifshin is a member of the Urban Land Institute and chairman of its Commercial and Retail Development Council.
Chief Executive Officer, Multi Corporation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Josip Kardun is CEO of Multi Corporation BV. He has a long track record in the European retail sector after previous leadership roles at Atrium Group, German-owned developer ECE Projektmanagement, and Portuguese peer Sonae Sierra. From 2014-2017, Josip served as chief executive officer at Atrium Group where he gained extensive experience in international real estate development, construction and operation, and senior management. At ECE he worked for seven years in a number of senior positions, including chief investment officer and as head of the mergers & acquisitions management group. Kardun has a law degree from Goethe University in Frankfurt and sits on the executive board of ICSC Europe.
Chief Executive Officer, GGP, New York, NY, United States
As a leader in the real estate industry with more than 20 years of experience, Sandeep Mathrani is CEO and director of GGP, the second-largest retail real estate owner in the U.S. Before he joined GGP in 2010, Mathrani was president of retail at Vornado Realty Trust. He serves on the trustee board of ICSC, the executive board of NAREIT and the board of Host Hotels & Resorts.
Chief Operating Officer - Malls, Simon, Indianapolis, IN, United States
When Michael McCarty joined Simon in 1979, he served in management and leasing positions. As executive vice president of development, McCarty is responsible for the development programs within the regional mall platform. He is a former member of the ICSC Executive Committee and a former Indiana ICSC state director. He also serves on the boards of the Simon Youth Foundation and the ICSC Foundation.
President & CEO, Choice Properties REIT
Mr. John Morrison currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and has nearly 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Mr. Morrison was president and chief executive officer of Primaris Real Estate Investment Trust from 2009 to 2013. Prior to serving in that role, he was president, Real Estate Management, at Oxford Properties Group. Mr. Morrison is a 3rd term trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, currently serves on the Executive Board and is a director of the ICSC Foundation. He is also former vice chairman of the Urban Land Institute Toronto District Council. Mr. Morrison is an Institute-certified director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is past chairman of the Ryerson University Real Estate Advisory Committee. He also serves as lead trustee for Automotive Properties REIT.
Partner & Head of US, GreenOak Real Estate, New York, NY, United States
Chris Niehaus is responsible for GreenOak Real Estate’s U.S. investment and advisory business. Before joining GreenOak in 2010, Niehaus spent 28 years at Morgan Stanley. He was named a co-head of global real estate investment banking in 1994 and served as vice chairman of Morgan Stanley Real Estate from 2006 to 2010. He is on the ICSC executive board and has been a trustee for some 20 years. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. He serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Dartmouth College and as board chairman of Student Sponsor Partners, which provides scholarships and mentorship to 1,200 at-risk, inner-city high school students in New York City. He is also active in several other community organizations.
President, The Festival Companies, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Besides being chairman and co-founder of The Festival Cos., a leading developer-operator of retail and mixed-use properties and a full-service real estate advisory firm, Mark Schurgin is ICSC’s Western Region vice president and a board member of the ICSC Foundation. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute. In 2008 the Schurgin Family Foundation endowed its first undergraduate scholarship with the ICSC Foundation and then did so again in 2011.
JLL Global Retail Leasing Board, Chairman, San Francisco, CA, United States
David Zoba is the chairman of JLL Global Retail Leasing Board. Before this he was the senior real estate strategy adviser for Gap Inc., after having served from 2009 to 2015 as senior vice president of global real estate and store development. Zoba advises JLL’s retail clients in their expansion efforts, particularly cross-border expansions in the U.S. and China. He serves on the Acadia Realty Trust board, and in addition to serving on the ICSC trustee board is chairman of the executive compensation committee. He also serves on the board of Larkin Street Youth Services, which helps San Francisco’s homeless youth.
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