Biography

Joseph F. Azrack

Joseph F. Azrack

JOSEPH F. AZRACK, age 73, has served on our Board since March 2017. He served as director on the Board of Equity One, Inc. from 2016 until its merger with us. Mr. Azrack is the Principal of Azrack & Company, a real estate investment and advisory firm located in New York City, which he founded in January 2015. He also serves as a director of Safanad, a global principal investment firm, and previously served as their Executive Chairman. Since June 2014, Mr. Azrack has also served as a director of the Berkshire Group, a private real estate investment management company focused on the ownership of multifamily properties and venture investing. Mr. Azrack is a director of Forest Trends, a non-profit company focused on the environment and biodiversity. From 2008 through 2014, Mr. Azrack was the Managing Partner, Chairman and Senior Advisor at Apollo Global Real Estate Management. In this capacity, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and a director of Atrium European Real Estate Ltd., a leading real estate company that owns, operates and develops shopping centers in Central and Eastern Europe, the shares of which are dual listed on the Vienna and NYSE Euronext Amsterdam Stock Exchanges. Prior to Apollo, he was Chairman and CEO of AEW Capital Management, a leading global real estate investment management company, where he was also a member of the Taubman Centers Inc. operating partnership committee from 1985 to 1999. He is a member of, and for many years chaired, the Business School’s Millstein Center Real Estate Advisory Board. Mr. Azrack is a member and past Chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), and a member and former trustee, officer and director of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Azrack is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he has taught real estate entrepreneurship since October 2014. Mr. Azrack received a B.S. from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. Mr. Azrack has extensive real estate and capital markets, and as an investor in and executive of real estate companies.