Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chaim Katzman

Chaim Katzman

Non-executive director and Chairman
Chairman, Special Standing Committee
Member, Compensation and Nominating Committee

Chaim Katzman is the founder, controlling shareholder and Chairman of Gazit-Globe Ltd, a leading international real estate company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE: GZT), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GZT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: GZT). As Chairman, Mr. Katzman leads global operations, manages affiliate and subsidiary activities and oversees more than $US20 billion in assets in over 20 countries.

Mr. Katzman is also the founder, controlling shareholder and Chairman of Norstar Holdings (formerly Gazit Inc.), the parent company of Gazit-Globe; the Chairman of Equity One, Inc. (NYSE: EQY), a leading shopping centre developer and owner focused on urban communities; and founder of the U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), which he founded in 1992. He served as EQY Chairman & CEO from 1992 to 2006. Mr. Katzman also serves as Chairman of First Capital Realty Inc. (TSX: FCR), Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket- and pharmacy-anchored shopping centres. In 2008, following an investment by the Gazit Group, Mr. Katzman was appointed as Chairman of Atrium. In 2010, Mr. Katzman was appointed Chairman of Citycon Oyj (OMX: CTY), an owner, developer and operator of shopping centres in the Nordic and Baltic regions and the market leader in the Nordic shopping centre sector.

A pioneer of the retail investment and development industry, Mr. Katzman is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Real Estate Roundtable and the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), and a trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He received an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University Law School and serves as a trustee on the Board of Governors at Tel-Aviv University. Mr. Katzman was the recipient and winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in the Real Estate and Construction Services Category in Florida. Mr. Katzman is a well-known civic leader, philanthropist and supporter of numerous organizations. In 2011, he founded the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, a novel academic and research program focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in the real estate sector that will eventually offer a master’s degree in real estate with concentrations in housing, land use and real estate financing.

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Rachel Lavine

Rachel Lavine

Non-executive director and Vice-Chairman
Member, Audit Committee, Special Standing Committee, and Investment Committee

Rachel Lavine is Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors. Mrs. Lavine served as Chief Executive Officer from August 2008 until November 2014. Mrs. Lavine also serves as the CEO of Gazit-Globe and a member of the Board of EPRA (The European Real Estate Association). Mrs. Lavine was formerly president and CEO of Plaza Centres (Europe) BV, a major developer and operator of shopping and entertainment centres in Central and Eastern Europe (2005-2006) and a former president and CEO of Elscint Ltd., a hotel operator and developer with assets in developed and emerging markets (1999-2006). She has also served as an external director of Dor Chemicals Ltd. and other public companies (2007-2008). Mrs. Lavine graduated from Tel Aviv University, College of Management with BA (Bachelor of Business) in accounting, has been a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) since 1995 and completed an Executive MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in 2008.

Noam Ben-Ozer

Noam Ben-Ozer

Non-executive director
Chairman, Compensation and Nominating Committee
Member, Audit Committee

Noam Ben-Ozer is an independent non-executive director appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2009. He is a founder and managing director of Focal Energy, a company which develops and invests in renewable energy projects. He is also the founder and proprietor of Focal Advisory, a strategic and finance-related advisory firm in Boston. Mr, Ben-Ozer has extensive experience in financial and business planning, fund raising, deal structuring and project financing. Mr. Ben-Ozer holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Peter Linneman

Peter Linneman

Non-executive director
Chairman, Audit Commitee
Member, Compensation and Nominating Committee, and Special Standing Committee

Peter Linneman is an independent non-executive director appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2008. He is a financial expert in real estate and corporate finance. Mr. Linneman is a principal of Linneman Associates and the Albert Sussman Emeritus Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a director of eight New York Stock Exchange listed companies. Mr. Linneman has a PhD in Economics. He is also a director and member of the executive committee of Equity One Inc. a US real estate investment trust.

Simon Radford

Simon Radford

Non-executive director
Member, Audit Committee, Investment Committee, and Operations Committee

Simon Radford is an independent non-executive director appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2008. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of an alternative investment fund administration business, based in Jersey. Mr. Radford has more than 25 years experience of audit, corporate finance and corporate investigation and has worked with a wide variety of boards of directors and audit committees. He also serves as a nonexecutive director on a number of alternative investment strategy funds. Mr. Radford is the former senior partner of Deloitte & Touche in Jersey where he was in charge of the assurance and advisory business. He spent 17 years as a partner with the firm working in both the UK and Jersey. Mr. Radford is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In the years 2006 to 2008 he served as Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Jersey.

Thomas Wernink

Thomas Wernink

Non-executive director
Member, Compensation and Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee

Thomas Wernink is an independent non-executive director appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2008. He serves as a non-executive director of a number of European based property and investment companies, including stock exchange listed companies Segro plc and European Direct Real Estate Fund (SICAF). He is also a former Chief Executive of Corio and Chairman of the European Public Real Estate Association.

Andrew Wignall

Andrew Wignall

Non-executive director
Member, Audit Committee, Investment Committee, and Operations Committee

Andrew Wignall is an independent non-executive director appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2008. Mr. Wignall is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified with Ernst & Young in 1988, where he worked as an auditor, primarily with financial services clients. In 1996 he was a founding director of Moore Management Limited (“Moore”), specialising in the management and administration of alternative investment funds, securitisation vehicles and special purpose companies. Since leaving Moore in 2007, Mr. Wignall has acted as an independent non-executive director of a number of private equity, real estate and other alternative fund structures. Mr Wignall is authorised by the Jersey Financial Services Commission to act as a director of such structures and from 2004 to 2011 was a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association.

Karine Ohana

Karine Ohana

Non-executive director
Member, Audit Committee

Karine Ohana is an independent non-executive director appointed to the Board of Directors in June 2015. Ms. Ohana has more than 30 years’ experience in investment banking and financial advisory roles, is a social entrepreneur and is currently a Managing Partner at Ohana & Co. Prior to joining Ohana & Co Ms Ohana spent seven years between 1991 and 1998 at Société Générale, where she created the Luxury and Lifestyle practice and advised clients in the luxury goods sector. Ms. Ohana began her career at Merrill Lynch in 1987 following which she worked for Trésorerie Internationale and Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole. Ms. Ohana served as a Director of Citycon Oyj from 2013 to 2015.