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DDR & Blackstone Acquire 71 Shopping Centers for $1.93 Billion

DDR Corp. and Blackstone closed on the acquisition of 71 shopping centers previously owned by American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. for $1.93 billion. Read more

DDR Announces $699 Million of Transactions in the Third Quarter 2014

DDR Corp. announced that it closed on the acquisition of eight prime power centers and the sale of seven operating assets and two land parcels in the third quarter. Read more

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DDR & Blackstone Acquire 71 Shopping Centers for $1.93 Billion

DDR Corp. and Blackstone closed on the acquisition of 71 shopping centers previously owned by American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. for $1.93 billion. Read more

DDR Announces $699 Million of Transactions in the Third Quarter 2014

DDR Corp. announced that it closed on the acquisition of eight prime power centers and the sale of seven operating assets and two land parcels in the third quarter. Read more

Stock Quote (NYSE: DDR)

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Management

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Daniel B. Hurwitz is Chief Executive Officer of DDR, a position he assumed on January 1, 2010. He had served as President & Chief Operating Officer of the Company from May 2007 through December 2009, as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from May 2005 to May 2007, Executive Vice President of Leasing & Development from April 2002 to May 2005, and as Executive Vice President of Leasing from June 1999 through April 2002. Mr. Hurwitz joined the Company's Board of Directors in June 2009, and previously served on the board from May 2002 to May 2004.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Hurwitz served as Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate and Corporate Development for Boscov's Department Store, Inc. Prior to Boscov's, Mr. Hurwitz served as Development Director for the Shopco Group, a New York City-based developer and acquirer of regional and super regional shopping malls.

Mr. Hurwitz is a graduate of Colgate University and the Wharton School of Business Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent speaker at real estate industry functions, including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Additionally, Mr. Hurwitz is a regular guest on CNBC.

Professionally, Mr. Hurwitz is a member of the board of directors at General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP), a member of ICSC, a member of the ICSC Board of Trustees and a member of the ICSC Government Relations Committee. He is also a member of the NAREIT Executive Board, Board of Governors, and Governance Committee. Mr. Hurwitz has been named to Institutional Investor magazine's 2013 All-America Executive Team, voted on by the sell-side analyst community as the Best CEO in the REIT sector.

Additionally, Mr. Hurwitz is a member of the Colgate University Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Trustees of Hawken School, a member of the Board of Directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

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David J. Oakes is President & Chief Financial Officer, a position he assumed on January 1, 2013. He had served as Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer from February 2010 to December 2012, and Senior Executive Vice President of Finance & Chief Investment Officer from December 2008 to February 2010. Mr. Oakes joined DDR as Executive Vice President of Finance & Chief Investment Officer in April 2007.
 
Mr. Oakes oversees the Company's capital markets, transactions, budgeting, tax, investor relations, funds management, property and corporate accounting, audit, external reporting, information technology, corporate governance and employee compensation and benefits functions. He serves on the Company's executive, compensation, enterprise risk management committees, and chairs the investment committee.
 
Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Oakes served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Cohen & Steers Capital Management. In his role, he oversaw the firm's global and international real estate securities portfolios for the oldest and largest dedicated real estate securities fund manager. Previously he worked as a Research Analyst in global investment research at Goldman Sachs, where he covered U.S. REITs.
 
Mr. Oakes earned his bachelor's degree at Washington University in St. Louis and is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Mr. Oakes serves on the Board of Directors of the apparel and lifestyle retailer C. Wonder, and is also a board member of The Gathering Place, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by cancer.

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Paul W. Freddo is the Senior Executive Vice President of Leasing & Development, a position he assumed in December 2008. He joined DDR as Senior Vice President of Development - Western Region in August 2008.

He oversees the leasing, development, redevelopment and expansion, retail partnerships, business development, and peripheral development departments within the Company. In addition, Mr. Freddo serves on the Company's executive, investment, management, internal compensation and enterprise risk management committees.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Freddo served as Vice President and Director of Real Estate for JCPenney.

Mr. Freddo holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Adelphi University. His professional and civic activities include being a Trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and serving on the Board of Directors for The Network.

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Mark Bratt is the Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer of DDR, a position he assumed in July 2010. 

Mr. Bratt is responsible for recommending and implementing DDR's investing strategy for the acquisition of properties that meet the Company's parameters. He is also responsible for directing our disposition efforts and initiating relationships with new institutional capital partners. Mr. Bratt also serves on the Company's executive and investment committees.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Bratt served as Executive Director of Acquisitions and Portfolio Management for Morgan Stanley Real Estate. Mr. Bratt's additional previous industry experience includes serving as Principal of Acquisitions for Lend Lease Real Estate Investments; Director of Asset Management for Amresco Advisors; and as Vice President for Prentiss Properties. He has invested in over $4.1 billion of properties and sold $1.3 billion of properties in his career. 

Mr. Bratt is a graduate of the University of California, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California - Berkeley, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of California - Los Angeles. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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James J. Farrell is the Executive Vice President of Development and Redevelopment, a position he assumed in July 2011. In this role, Mr. Farrell is responsible for redevelopment and development opportunities within the portfolio to enhance the overall quality of the Company's prime assets. He is also responsible for all Construction, Tenant Coordination and Development Partnership functions within the organization. Mr. Farrell joined DDR as Senior Vice President of Redevelopment & Expansions in May of 2010. Mr. Farrell serves on the Company's executive committee.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Farrell was Senior Vice President – Development at Joseph Freed and Associates, where he managed both development and redevelopment initiatives. Before that, Mr. Farrell held roles of increasing responsibility with Westfield, Urban Retail Properties Company, and Homart Development Company.

Mr. Farrell received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and his Master of Arts in Urban Planning from Northeastern Illinois University. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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David J. Favorite is the Executive Vice President of Property Management, a position he assumed in September 2012. Previously, he held the positions of Senior Vice President of Property Management from 2009 through August 2012 and Vice President of Property Management – Community Centers from 2005 through 2009. Mr. Favorite joined DDR in 2003 as Vice President of Operations and has been a member of the Company’s executive committee since 2003.

Mr. Favorite oversees the day-to-day operations of all shopping centers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, which includes maintenance, capital improvements, enforcement of tenants’ lease obligations and shopping center marketing. He is also responsible for creating all operating procedures and policies while maintaining responsibility for compliance.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Favorite held property management positions with the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation and Forest City Commercial Management, where he served as Vice President of Operations for the last 15 years of his 20-year tenure with the company.

Mr. Favorite graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), is a former State of Ohio ICSC Operations Manager, and previously served on the ICSC CSM Committee. He is on the Board of Trustees for Benedictine High School. Mr. Favorite also served on the facilities committee for the Cleveland-area Ronald McDonald House.

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Mark S. Floyd is the Executive Vice President of Employment, a position he assumed in January 2012. In this role, Mr. Floyd is responsible for recruitment, development and retention efforts and execution of the Company's strategic plan as it relates to human capital. Mr. Floyd serves on the Company's executive, compensation, charitable contributions, enterprise risk management and IT steering committees.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Floyd served as a partner of Ulmer & Berne and co-chair of the firm's employment and labor law group.

Mr. Floyd serves as a member of the Commission for Judicial Candidates, responsible for reviewing and evaluating candidates for The Supreme Court of Ohio. He is also the Secretary of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Non Dues Revenues Committee and is a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Mr. Floyd has also served on numerous charitable and civic boards including The Urban League of Greater Cleveland, The Cleveland Ballet, The Cleveland Institute of Music; and committees of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland State University. Mr. Floyd is a member of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

Mr. Floyd received his bachelor of arts from Stanford University and is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.

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Luke J. Petherbridge is the Executive Vice President of Capital Markets and Treasurer, a position he assumed in January 2013, after joining the Company as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets in December 2011. In this role, Mr. Petherbridge is primarily responsible for capital raising, actively managing the balance sheet, maintaining strong lender relationships and executing various corporate level transactions. He has been a member of the Company's executive committee since joining DDR in 2011 and is a member of the Company's enterprise risk management committee.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Petherbridge was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of shopping center owner EDT Retail Trust (formerly Macquarie DDR Trust), a company which had been publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange and previously managed in a joint venture between DDR and Macquarie Group. Before that, Mr. Petherbridge served as Director of Transactions with boutique real estate investment company Rubicon Asset Management. While in this role, Mr. Petherbridge worked on approximately $5 billion of transactions focusing on United States, European and Japanese real estate and real estate structured finance.

Mr. Petherbridge holds his bachelor of commerce from Macquarie University. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Christa A. Vesy is the Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, a position she assumed in March 2012. In this role, Ms. Vesy oversees the property and corporate accounting and financial reporting functions for DDR. Previously Ms. Vesy served as Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer since November 2006. She has been a member of the Company's executive committee since 2006.

Prior to joining DDR, Ms. Vesy worked for The Lubrizol Corporation, where she served as manager of external financial reporting and then as controller for the lubricant additives business segment. Prior to joining Lubrizol, from 1993 to September 2004, Ms. Vesy held various positions with the Assurance and Business Advisory Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a registered public accounting firm, including Senior Manager from 1999 to September 2004.

Ms. Vesy graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ms. Vesy is a certified public accountant (CPA) and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). She also serves on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

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Robin R. Walker-Gibbons is the Executive Vice President of Leasing, a position she assumed in October 2005. Ms. Walker-Gibbons joined DDR in April 1995 as a leasing manager in the Company's Charlotte, North Carolina office, and in November of that same year was promoted to Vice President of Leasing and relocated to the Company's Cleveland headquarters. Ms. Walker-Gibbons was further promoted to Senior Vice President of Leasing for the Southeast Region in March 2005.

Ms. Walker-Gibbons is a national account manager responsible for deal-making, enhancing and maintaining relationships with national retailers and focusing on emerging retail trends. Ms. Walker-Gibbons serves on the Company's executive and women's initiative committees.

Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Walker-Gibbons was President of Aroco, Inc., a retail brokerage and tenant representation firm based in Alabama.

Ms. Walker-Gibbons is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She was also the Associate Dean of the ICSC University of Shopping Centers' School of Leasing from March 2006 through March 2007 and served for one year as Dean of the ICSC University of Shopping Centers' School of Leasing, her term ended in March 2008.

She is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Cleveland. In 2008, Ms. Walker-Gibbons was recognized by Real Estate Forum magazine as a 'Woman of Influence' in the commercial real estate industry.

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David E. Weiss is Executive Vice President & General Counsel, a position he assumed in 2010. He had been Senior Vice President since 2006, and General Counsel since 2003. His management of the legal aspects of the Company's day-to-day operations includes real estate, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, litigation, commercial financing transactions, insurance and risk management and general corporate matters. Mr. Weiss is a member of the Company's executive and enterprise risk management committees and serves as corporate secretary.

Before joining DDR in 1999, Mr. Weiss was a partner with the law firm McDonald, Hopkins, Burke & Haber Co., LPA, in Cleveland.

A former council member for the City of Shaker Heights, Mr. Weiss is a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Cleveland, past president of Family Connections, and former member of the Visiting Committee of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In addition, he presently serves on the Board of the Center for Families and Children and is a member of the Law Committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Mr. Weiss also is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

Mr. Weiss received his bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of The Ohio State University's College of Law. He is a member of the Cleveland and American Bar Associations, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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David C. Dieterle is a Senior Vice President of Leasing, overseeing domestic assets primarily in the Southeast, a position he assumed in March 2014. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Leasing for the Company’s Southern and Western regions. Mr. Dieterle joined DDR in 2002 as Senior Leasing Director for the Western Region. He has been a member of the Company's executive committee since 2005.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Dieterle was Vice President of Business Development for BAA USA Inc., where he was accountable for the acquisition of airport retail management, development and leasing contracts. He began his career in property management at Kravco, a King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based shopping center management and development company.

Mr. Dieterle is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a graduate of Ursinus College, earning a degree in political science.

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Christopher H. Erb is the Senior Vice President of Development, a position he assumed in January 2012. Previously he served as Vice President of Redevelopment – Eastern Region since July 2011, Vice President of Development – Southern Region since March 2008, Senior Development Director since March 2007, and other positions of increasing responsibility with DDR since he joined the Company in 2001. He is a graduate of the Company's industry leading Management Training Program and has been a member of the company's executive committee since 2008.

Mr. Erb is responsible for overseeing all redevelopment and development activity throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Erb is a graduate of Colgate University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in international relations, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce, civic leadership programs Summer on the Cuyahoga and Colgate on the Cuyahoga, where he also serves as Treasurer. In addition, he serves as a member of the Business Advisory Committee for Cuyahoga Community College.

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William J. Kern is the Senior Vice President of Leasing, overseeing domestic assets primarily in the Northeast and Midwest, a position he assumed in March 2014. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Retail Partnerships, Vice President of Acquisitions & Dispositions, and Vice President of Development – Site Acquisitions. He is a graduate of the Company's industry-leading Management Training Program. Mr. Kern joined DDR in 2002 and has been a member of the Company's executive committee since 2007.

Mr. Kern is a graduate of Colgate University, earning a bachelor of arts in economics, and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Summer on the Cuyahoga, a civic leadership program. In 2007, he was recognized as one of "Twenty in their 20's" by Crain's Cleveland Business, which recognizes future leaders in Northeast Ohio.  Mr. Kern also holds Board positions with the Cleveland chapters of the Positive Coaching Alliance and The First Tee.

 

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Kevin Kessinger is the Senior Vice President of Funds Management, a position he assumed in March 2012. He previously served as Vice President of Funds Management since March 2009 and Associate General Counsel prior to that time. He joined DDR in 2003 and has been a member of the company's executive committee since 2005.

Mr. Kessinger oversees the management, operations and transactional activity of the Company's investment funds and other ventures and partnerships. His team functions as the primary liaison among DDR's private equity sources and its various operating departments. In addition, Mr. Kessinger works with the Company's investors and partners to develop and execute property-level and portfolio strategies, including acquisitions, dispositions, redevelopments and capital market transactions.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Kessinger practiced at McDonald Hopkins, a mid-sized, corporate law firm in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice focused on real estate, finance and general corporate matters. He counseled clients on a wide range of matters relating to the financing, acquisition, development, construction, leasing and disposition of retail, office and industrial properties. He also represented national and regional lenders and commercial borrowers in connection with the negotiation and documentation of commercial, real estate, asset-based and mezzanine loan transactions.

Mr. Kessinger is a graduate of The University of Akron, earning a bachelor of arts in political science, and holds his juris doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).

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Matthew A. Lougee is the Senior Vice President of Finance, a position he assumed on January 1, 2013, after serving as Vice President of Finance from October 2011 to December 2012. He reports to President and CFO, David J. Oakes.

Mr. Lougee leads three departments, including Investor Relations, Finance, and he is the co-head of the Portfolio Management department. His departments' responsibilities include investor communication, underwriting investment decisions, quarterly reporting, board relations, strategic planning, financial modeling, and asset-level underwriting.

Mr. Lougee’s noteworthy experience includes the repurchase of over $1 billion of DDR’s unsecured notes in the open market, leading the underwriting of the Company’s 28 asset, $400 million TALF-eligible CMBS transaction, and managing the diligence of a 46 property, $1.4 billion joint venture with Blackstone. He has also assisted in the diligence and board communication of $3 billion of capital raising initiatives, including common equity offerings, secured, unsecured, and convertible debt, and a Brazilian shopping center IPO.

Mr. Lougee is a graduate of the Company’s industry-leading Management Training Program, and has served on DDR’s Executive Committee since 2011. He has served as a guest speaker at SNL’s REIT School and in Case Western Reserve’s graduate courses. Mr. Lougee is a graduate of Colgate University.

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Martin J. McGreevy was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in September 2012. In this role, Mr. McGreevy is responsible for overseeing DDR’s corporate marketing strategy. He is a member of the DDR executive committee.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. McGreevy was President of Cyclonix Inc. located in San Jose, CA. Cyclonix is an integrated marketing company that specializes in 2 and 3D articulation of corporate messaging. Cyclonix list of clients include Net App, Specialized Bikes, Lifeproof, and Varian Medical.

Prior to Cyclonix, Mr. McGreevy enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the corporate communications field including experience with firms such as Xerox, Oracle, and Cisco.

Mr. McGreevy is a graduate of Ohio University where he earned a bachelor of science in communications. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Carmel Art & Film Festival in California and has been a producer of the Festival since 2010. In addition, Mr. McGreevy is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Kevin M. Moss is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology, a position he assumed in December 2008.

Mr. Moss brings a business approach to the leadership of technology initiatives. He is responsible for driving innovation through strategic investments in software and infrastructure, aligning interdepartmental goals, and leveraging technology to empower business units and enable them to improve their performance and profitability. Mr. Moss serves on the Company's executive, enterprise risk management and IT steering committees.

He previously worked for GGP. His career there spanned 22 years and included various property management positions at the property and regional levels, as well as serving as the company's first Chief Information Officer. Most recently he held the position of Senior Vice President, Operations for GGP International.

Mr. Moss has a degree in business administration from Drake University. He is a Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Craig A. Schultz is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Finance & Tax, a position he assumed in July 2009. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Tax for DDR in March 2009. Previously he served as Vice President of Tax since March 2005 and Director of Tax since November 2002. He has been a member of the Company's executive committee since 2005.

In his role, he is responsible for the long-term strategic financial model utilized in analyzing the Company's operational and capital markets initiatives. Mr. Schultz's additional responsibilities include the overall management of the tax function which encompasses strategic structural tax planning, implementing business initiatives, tax accounting and reporting, and tax compliance, as well as employee compensation and benefits.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Schultz worked for 10 years at Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Tax Manager, specializing in partnership taxation, with an emphasis on real estate tax matters.

Mr. Schultz holds a master's degree in taxation from the University of Akron and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Trusts (NAREIT), The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA).

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Kenneth L. Stern is the Senior Vice President of Peripheral Development, a position he assumed in March 2009. He joined DDR in September 1995 as Director of Leasing – Northeast. He was promoted to Director of Peripheral Development in October 1999 and then to Vice President of Peripheral Development in March 2005.

In his role, he oversees the Company's portfolio of excess land and generates new income from the sale, ground leases or creation of multi-tenant buildings on the pads of the Company's shopping centers. Mr. Stern serves on the Company's executive committee.

Prior to joining DDR, Mr. Stern was Director of Retail Leasing for CMS Companies, a wealth management and real estate investment firm based in Philadelphia. He was also Leasing Manager for the Core Group, a real estate investment and development company based in New York City and Philadelphia.

Mr. Stern graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor of science from the Smeal College of Business. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Joseph M. Tichar is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations & Chief of Staff for DDR Corp., a position he assumed January 1, 2013. Previously, he served in a variety of operational roles at the Company, most recently as Vice President & Chief of Staff. Mr. Tichar reports directly to CEO, Daniel B. Hurwitz, and is involved in all internal and external company initiatives and executive matters.

Mr. Tichar's primary areas of focus are corporate operations and strategic planning. Specifically, Mr. Tichar is co-head of the portfolio management department, oversees corporate communications, and leads the Company's Management Training and Summer Internship programs. Additionally, Mr. Tichar is actively involved in marketing, investor relations, organizational planning and corporate budgeting, acquisitions, dispositions, property management, human resources and corporate security.

Mr. Tichar is a member of the Company's executive, management, compensation, enterprise risk management, charitable contributions and investment committees. Mr. Tichar is also the chair of the Company's Strategic Innovation Group. Professionally, Mr. Tichar is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

Mr. Tichar joined DDR in 2008 and is a graduate of the Company's industry-leading Management Training Program. He is a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and holds Board positions with the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center and the Advisory Council for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

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Anthony Vodicka is the Senior Vice President of Leasing for the West Region, a position he assumed in March 2005. He is responsible for overseeing leasing activities in over 10 states. Mr. Vodicka had served as Vice President of Leasing for the Western Region since March 2002 and prior to that, as Assistant Vice President of Leasing for the Midwest Region and as Regional Leasing Manager. Mr. Vodicka has been a member of the Company's executive committee since 2002.

Prior to joining DDR in October 1999, Mr. Vodicka was a Leasing Representative for the Richard E. Jacobs Group, a Cleveland-based shopping center management company.

Mr. Vodicka is a graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, where he earned a bachelor's degree in management and marketing. Mr. Vodicka is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Bryan P. Zabell is the Senior Vice President of Leasing, a position he assumed in March 2014. Mr. Zabell is responsible for overseeing all leasing efforts in the West, as well as all leasing efforts for the Company’s five-million square-foot portfolio in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Mr. Zabell focuses on business matters relating to big box retailer bankruptcies. In this capacity, he has participated on the unsecured creditors committee for two bankrupt retailers: Mervyns Department Stores and Circuit City.

He previously served as Senior Vice President of Anchor Store Leasing a department which was launched in 2009 in response to numerous big box retailer bankruptcies and the resulting vacancies caused by the Great Recession.  Under the leadership of Mr. Zabell, the anchor store leasing department completed more than 250 big box leases totaling more than 8,000,000 square feet between 2009 and 2014.  Mr. Zabell joined DDR in 2001 and was one of the original graduates of the Company’s industry-leading Management Training Program. Mr. Zabell has been a member of the Company’s executive committee since March 2008.

Mr. Zabell is a graduate of the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Beachwood.