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Starwood Names Blackstone Exec as Next President

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Starwood Capital Group announced that Jonathan Pollack will join the firm beginning in 2025 as its president.

Jeffrey G. Dishner, president and chief operating officer of Starwood Capital, will remain in his current role until Pollack joins the firm, at which time he will assume the role of vice chairman and head of strategy and business development.

Pollack joins Starwood Capital from Blackstone, where he served as global head of the firm’s $84 billion real estate debt strategies division since 2016.

“After an extensive search, I am extremely pleased to welcome an executive of Jonathan’s caliber as president of Starwood Capital,” said Barry Sternlicht, chairman and chief executive officer of Starwood Capital. “I have known Jonathan for more than a decade, and he is universally respected across our industry with unparalleled relationships and a track record of success, which will help lead a firm of our scale and ambition.”

“We will continue to strive to make Starwood the best place to work in the industry, and I could not be more excited to start this next leg of our journey with him as part of our already accomplished leadership team,” Sternlicht added.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2015, Pollack was the global head of commercial real estate at Deutsche Bank and established it as a leading commercial mortgage-backed securities issuer and special situations investor following the global financial crisis in 2008. Pollack also spent eight years in Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters, helping to build the European commercial real estate business as the head of capital markets. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Starwood Capital Group focuses on global real estate and renewable energy infrastructure. The company manages Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, a non-traded real estate investment trust, and Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), a publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT that manages a portfolio of nearly $25 billion across debt and equity investments.

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