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Taubman CEO Tapped as Chairman of Real Estate Roundtable

WASHINGTON, DC-Taubman Centers chairman and CEO Robert S. Taubman has been elected the new chairman of the local industry advocacy group, Real Estate Roundtable. He will succeed Daniel M. Neidich, CEO of Dune Real Estate Partners, as chairman. The Roundtable is also ushering in a new 21-member board for FY2013. Their tenure began on July 1.

“I’m honored to have been asked to lead this incredible organization,” said Taubman, in a prepared statement. “Thanks to the terrific leadership of Dan Neidich and our outgoing board, the active engagement of our member CEOs, our ability to work well with like-minded coalitions, and the professionalism and dedication of the Roundtable staff, we continue to make significant progress on key policy priorities.” Taubman added that the commercial real estate industry will “need to be proactive” on its legislative priorities, “whether the focus is deficit reduction, tax reform, energy efficiency or building security matters.”

The Roundtable’s board includes executives from national real estate firms as well the elected leaders of six major national real estate trade organizations out of 17 that hold permanent membership in the Roundtable. Officers also include Thomas M. Flexner, global head of real estate at Citigroup, who will serve as Roundtable Treasurer, and William C. Rudin, vice chairman and CEO of Rudin Management Co., who will continue as Secretary of the Roundtable.  Other board members serving are:
·         Tim Byrne, president and CEO, Lincoln Property Co. and executive committee member of the National Multi Housing Council;
·         Debra A. Cafaro, president and CEO of Ventas;
·         Richard B. Clark, CEO of Brookfield Properties;
·         Theodore (Ted) Eliopoulos, senior investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association; 
·         Michael Fascitelli, president and CEO of Vornado Realty Trust;
·         Brad M. Hutensky, principal of Hutensky Capital Partners and chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers;
·         Nancy Johnson, executive vice president of Carlson Hotels and chair of the American Hotel & Lodging Association; 
·         Roy Hilton March, CEO of Eastdil Secured;
·         Ross Perot, Jr., chairman of Hillwood;
·         Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty;
·         Richard Saltzman, president of Colony Capital;
·         Douglas W. Shorenstein, chairman and CEO, Shorenstein Properties LLC;
·         Robert J. Speyer, president and Co-CEO of Tishman Speyer;
·         David A. Twardock, president of Prudential Mortgage Capital Co.;
·         Maurice Veissi, president of the National Association of Realtors; and
·         Donald Wood, president and CEO of Federal Realty Investment Trust and chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

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