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Griffin Capital Adds CIO With Tishman Speyer/Merrill Lynch Roots

Paul DeMartini

Private real estate investment manager Griffin Capital Company LLC appointed Paul DeMartini to serve as chief investment officer and oversee the firm’s development, acquisitions, portfolio management, and asset management divisions. DeMartini will direct investment strategy and execution and serve on the firm’s investment and executive management committees.

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul DeMartini to Griffin Capital and view the addition of his significant talents, experience, and leadership skills as additive to our commitment to our stakeholders to be a best-in-class real investment management firm,” said Kevin Shields, founder and co-chief executive officer of Griffin Capital.

“As the firm continues to grow and as we continue to scale our investment activities, attracting top talent like Paul is imperative,” added Shields.

Prior to joining Griffin Capital, DeMartini served as senior managing director at Tishman Speyer, where he was responsible for the company’s operations across the Southern California and District of Columbia regions. His responsibilities included overseeing acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, and development. He previously worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch and as a consultant for Andersen Consulting. DeMartini is a member of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves in leadership of its U.S. Product Councils.

DeMartini graduated cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in business economics and received his MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

“We embarked on a broad process and were fortunate to add an exceptional leader to our team. Paul has deep experience leading investment teams, is highly regarded in the market and is well-known and well-liked as a thoughtful, strategic, and appropriately hard-charging leader,” said Nick Rosenthal, co-CEO of Griffin Capital.

Griffin Capital Company is a full-service real estate investment and management company with expertise in acquisitions, investment management, capital markets, financial reporting, legal, development, and construction management. Since 1995, the firm has owned, managed, sponsored and/or co-sponsored approximately $23 billion in assets across a wide range of real estate sectors and investment structures.

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