DEBRA A. CAFARO has served as our Chief Executive Officer since 1999 and as our Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2003.
Under Ms. Cafaro’s leadership, Ventas’s market capitalization rose to nearly $25 billion, from $200 million. The Company’s compound annual total shareholder return (TSR) was 29 percent for the fifteen year period ended 12/31/14. Additionally, Ventas was named the top performing publicly traded financial company for the first decade of this century and Fortune Magazine ranked it as one of its “Most Admired” real estate company globally in 2013.
Ms. Cafaro was recognized in 2014 by the Harvard Business Review in its list of “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World,” ranking her in the top 30 global CEOs and by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business”. She was named by CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer as one of the “Bankable 21” CEOs in his latest book, Get Rich Carefully. Cafaro was voted to Institutional Investor’s 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2011 “All American Executive Team” (top 3 REIT CEOs), selected as one of the “Top 50 Women in World Business” by the Financial Times and named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.
Ms. Cafaro is a member of the Board of Directors of Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), the University of Chicago, the Real Estate Roundtable, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago, chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In 2010, Ms. Cafaro served as Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the worldwide representative voice for REITs, where she was honored in 2014 with NAREIT’s Industry Leadership Award.
Prior to joining Ventas, Ms. Cafaro was President and a Director of Ambassador Apartments, Inc. (NYSE: AAH), a multifamily REIT. She also practiced real estate, corporate and finance law for 13 years following her 1982-83 judicial clerkship with the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Ms. Cafaro received her J.D. cum laude in 1982 from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was named its Distinguished Alumna in 2011, and her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.
RAYMOND J. LEWIS has been President of Ventas since 2010. He previously served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from 2006 to 2010 and as our Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from 2002 to 2006. Prior to joining us in 2002, he was managing director of business development for GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services, a division of General Electric Capital Corporation ("GECC"), which is a subsidiary of General Electric Corporation, where he led a team focused on mergers and portfolio acquisitions of healthcare assets. Before that, Mr. Lewis was Executive Vice President of Healthcare Finance for Heller Financial, Inc. (which was acquired by GECC in 2001), where he had primary responsibility for healthcare lending. Mr. Lewis is Chairman Emeritus of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). He is also currently a member of the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association where he serves as Secretary and Treasurer on the Executive Committee. Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
JOHN D. COBB currently serves as our Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, after serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer from 2010 to March 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Cobb was a President and Chief Executive Officer of Senior Lifestyle Corporation, where he led the strategic direction of a 9,000+ unit retirement company with over 3,400 employees. Prior to that, he held various positions with GE Healthcare Financial Services, a division of General Electric Capital Corporation, which is a subsidiary of General Electric Corporation, with the last being Senior Managing Director, where he led a team focused on debt and equity investments of healthcare real estate totaling over $9 billion. Mr. Cobb has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association. Mr. Cobb holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Lehigh University.
TODD W. LILLIBRIDGE joined us as Executive Vice President, Medical Property Operations in 2010. Mr. Lillibridge also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiary, Lillibridge Healthcare Services, Inc., where he is responsible for the strategic focus, vision and overall leadership of our medical office building operations. Prior to joining its predecessor in 1982, and subsequently establishing Lillibridge & Company, Mr. Lillibridge was employed by Baird & Warner, Inc., of Chicago, Illinois, serving in the real estate finance group and development division. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the World Presidents’ Organization of Chicago and the Board of Directors of the Joffrey Ballet. Mr. Lillibridge received a B.S., with honors, in Marketing and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
ROBERT F. PROBST joined Ventas in October of 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Ventas, Mr. Probst served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Beam Inc., where he was a key player in establishing the former unit of Fortune Brands as a standalone publicly traded spirits company in 2011. Mr. Probst previously served as the vice president of finance, strategy and M&A for Baxter International Inc. Prior to that he was with London-based Diageo PLC, a global premium drinks business, finance manager for the Pillsbury Company and a commercial lending officer with Northern Trust Corporation. Probst earned his B.A. with honors in Economics from Duke University and received his M.B.A. with highest honors in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Probst serves on the boards of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Camp Kesem, as well as the advisory board of the Duke University Financial Economics program.
T. RICHARD RINEY has been our Executive Vice President and General Counsel since 1998, was named our Chief Administrative Officer in 2007 and also served as our Corporate Secretary from 1998 to 2012. From 1996 to 1998, he served as Transactions Counsel for our predecessor, Vencor, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Riney practiced law with the law firm of Hirn, Reed & Harper, in Louisville, Kentucky, where his areas of concentration were real estate and corporate finance. Mr. Riney serves on the Centre College President's Advisory Council. He is admitted to the Bar in Kentucky and is a member of NAREIT. He received his undergraduate degree from Centre College and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
KRISTEN M. BENSON currently serves as our Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, after serving as Senior Securities Counsel from 2004 to 2007, as Vice President and Senior Securities Counsel from 2007 to 2012, and as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2012 to 2014. From 1997 to 2004, she was an associate at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois, where her principal practice areas were securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Ms. Benson received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.B.A. summa cum laude in Finance and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame. She is admitted to the Bar in Illinois and currently serves as a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and NAREIT.
EDMUND M. BRADY, III joined Ventas in June of 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Ventas, Mr. Brady served as president of the human capital-focused management consulting practice at EMB3 Advisory Services LLC. Mr. Brady previously served as managing director and chief people officer for Stroz Friedberg, LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Brady worked for Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc., where he most recently served as partner and chief people officer and a member of the firm’s leadership committee. Mr. Brady received a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MBA in marketing and international business from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
TIMOTHY A. DOMAN currently serves as our Senior Vice President and Chief Portfolio Officer, after serving as Senior Vice President, Asset Management from 2007 to March 2012, and Vice President, Asset Management from 2002 to 2007. Before joining us, Mr. Doman was a senior asset manager for GE Capital Real Estate, where he managed a commercial real estate equity and loan portfolio. He previously served as Vice President of Asset Management at Kemper Corporation and a senior appraiser for Arthur Andersen & Co. He received his B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University.
JOHN K. HART joined Ventas in July of 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Ventas, Mr. Hart was the Managing Director of Technology at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Inc., where he oversaw a team of 200 IT professionals in various functions including Enterprise Architecture, Business Systems, Security, Telecommunications, Networking, Help Desk and Operations. Mr. Hart previously served as the Assistant Vice President at First Options in Chicago, with responsibility for strategic planning and management of trading applications, and held various information technology positions with The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fossett Securities Corporation, Businessland and Compco Computers. Mr. Hart received his Bachelor of Industrial Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
JOSEPH D. LAMBERT serves as our Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, after serving as Vice President, Associate General Counsel in 2012, Vice President, Transactions Counsel from 2009- March, 2012 and Senior Transactions Counsel from 2006- March, 2009. From 2000 to 2006, he was an associate at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, focusing on real estate transactions for a wide variety of private and publicly-traded clients. He is admitted to the Bar in Illinois and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and NAREIT. Mr. Lambert received a B.A. in General Business Administration/Pre-Law from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
LORI B. WITTMAN currently serves as our Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations, after serving as Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations from July 2011 to March 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Wittman was the CFO and Managing Principal of Big Rock Partners, a real estate private equity firm with over $500 million of assets under management at its peak. Ms. Wittman previously served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for General Growth Properties and held various capital markets and finance positions with Heitman, Homart Development Company, Citibank and Mellon Bank. Ms. Wittman received a B.A. in Geography and Sociology from Clark University, a Masters in City Planning from University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Ms. Wittman serves on the board of Hedge Funds Care and co-chairs the granting committee.
BRIAN K. WOOD currently serves as our Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer, after serving as Senior Vice President, Tax from 2007 to March 2012, and as Vice President, Tax from 2000 to 2007. From 1991 to 2000, he served as Vice President, Tax for Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), where his areas of concentration were taxation, accounting and insurance. From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Wood was a tax manager with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Wood is a member of NAREIT, the Tax Executives Institute, and the American Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received a B.A. in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University.