Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE: AKR – “Acadia” or the “Company”), today announced the year-end promotions for the following professionals to support its continued growth:
John Gottfried has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he will continue to lead the financial strategy and planning for the Company with responsibility for capital raising, finance and treasury management, accounting, tax, internal audit and investor relations. Mr. Gottfried has been a key leader in ensuring the Company is positioned to achieve its long-term goals and strategic initiatives. Mr. Gottfried has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for the Company since 2016.
Jason Blacksberg has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer. In this role, he continues to oversee the provision of all legal services and is responsible for all legal, governance, and compliance matters and strategies for the Company. Mr. Blacksberg also maintains oversight of the Company’s environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) program. Among his responsibilities, Mr. Blacksberg has been critical in driving the Company’s long-term goals and growth initiatives. He also serves as Corporate Secretary for the Board of Trustees. Mr. Blacksberg has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel for the Company since 2014.
Additionally, the Company is announcing the resignation of Christopher Conlon, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Conlon will be pursuing other endeavors as the CEO of a private company and will be departing in February. Mr. Conlon joined Acadia in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Leasing and Development. He was later promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in January 2012.
“I would like to thank Chris for his tremendous contributions to the Company over the years,” stated Kenneth F. Bernstein, President and CEO. “Most importantly, Chris has assisted us in building a strong leadership team with the depth of management to continue to execute our strategic initiatives. We wish him the best in the future.”
In conjunction with the departure of Mr. Conlon, A.J. Levine has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Leasing and Development where he will continue to direct the Company’s leasing strategy for all core and fund investments, in addition to overseeing the development and repositioning of the company’s assets. Mr. Levine will also continue to oversee leasing and development diligence for prospective investments. Since 2019, Mr. Levine has been instrumental to the Company’s growth through his and his team’s successful execution of new leases and lease extensions, as well as his diligence efforts on new acquisitions.
Also following the departure of Mr. Conlon, Senior Vice President of Capital Markets Amy L. Racanello has been promoted to add Head of Asset Management to her portfolio of responsibilities. She continues to lead the Company’s institutional fund platform in addition to assuming responsibility for value-creation activities across core and fund properties. Since joining the Company in 2008, Ms. Racanello has established herself as pivotal to the Company’s evolution and growth, leading $1 billion in capital raises and driving strategy for the Company’s series of funds.
Tracey Mitnick has been promoted to Vice President, Leasing where she will continue to focus primarily on the leasing of Acadia’s urban portfolio. Ms. Mitnick has been with Acadia for 8 years and will continue to utilize her extensive brand knowledge and strong industry relationships in the luxury, advanced contemporary and digitally native categories to drive value across Acadia’s urban portfolio, as well as play an integral role in Acadia’s diligence process for prospective investments. Ms. Mitnick will continue to report to AJ Levine, Senior Vice President, Leasing and Development.
German Rodriguez has been promoted to Vice President, Construction where he will continue to be responsible for the management of the design and construction of the landlord’s work associated with new leases throughout the entire portfolio. In addition, he provides construction-related support during the acquisitions process and participates in the leasing negotiations. Mr. Rodriguez joined Acadia in 2006. He has advanced degrees in civil engineering with a specialization in finance, and in real estate. He has over 25 years of construction management experience for infrastructure projects and retail development.
“I am very pleased to announce these promotions today,” said Ken Bernstein. “Not only have each of these talented individuals played an integral role in Acadia’s ability to deliver on its long-term growth goals, but also they clearly embody the core values on which this company was founded: integrity, intensity, intelligence, and innovation. Our deep and experienced team continues to move forward with great momentum, focused on initiatives that will drive sustained long-term success, and to ensure our long-term growth.”
About Acadia Realty Trust
Acadia Realty Trust is an equity real estate investment trust focused on delivering long-term, profitable growth via its dual – core and fund – operating platforms and its disciplined, location-driven investment strategy. Acadia Realty Trust is accomplishing this goal by building a best-in-class core real estate portfolio with meaningful concentrations of assets in the nation’s most dynamic urban and street-retail corridors; making profitable opportunistic and value-add investments through its series of discretionary, institutional funds; and maintaining a strong balance sheet. For further information, please visit www.acadiarealty.com.
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