March – Briefs/People

Behringer Harvard names O’Hanlon to lead opportunity REITs; Arbor promotes Caulfield to COO; Grosvenor appoints Donohue head of asset management; HFF hires Rizzi as N.Y. managing director; Eastern Consolidated names two senior directors; Christopher Joins CBRE as vice chairman; M-F research firm hires Walters as COO; and Pederson appointed CIO & COO at Chartres.

Behringer Harvard Names O’Hanlon To Lead Opportunity REITs

Michael O’Hanlon has been named executive vice president at Behringer Harvard. The role also gives him the titles of president & CEO of the company’s opportunity platform funds, which include Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT I Inc. and Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT II Inc. Robert Aisner, who previously served as president & CEO of the Opportunity REITs, has been appointed their vice chairman.

O’Hanlon had previously served on the Behringer Harvard Multifamily REIT II Inc. board of directors. He has more than 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as president & COO of Billingsley Co. O’Hanlon also served as president & CEO of Inland Western Retail REIT Inc. from 2005 to 2009.

Arbor Promotes Caulfield to COO

John Caulfield has been promoted to COO at Arbor Commercial Mortgage L.L.C. Previously an executive vice president & director of operations, Caulfield will now oversee Arbor’s $5.8 billion multi-family loan servicing portfolio and continue to oversee the sales originations, capital markets and underwriting departments. Caulfield has been with the firm for more than two decades.

Grosvenor Appoints Donohue Head of Asset Management

Grosvenor Fund Management has appointed William Donohue to serve as managing director & head of asset management from the company’s Philadelphia office. He will be responsible for the U.S. real estate assets the firm manages. Donohue has 22 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, asset management, property management and restructurings.

HFF Hires Rizzi as N.Y. Managing Director

Robert Rizzi has joined Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P. as a managing director in its New York office. He will focus on equity and joint venture capital, as well as investment sales transactions. Rizzi worked as a managing partner at Broad Street Advisors before joining HFF. In that role, he closed more than $4 billion in transactions since co-founding the firm in 2000.

Eastern Consolidated Names Two Senior Directors

Aliza Avital and Lipa Leiberman have both been promoted to senior directors at Eastern Consolidated from the position of director. Avital has arranged more than 25 deals valued at over $650 million since joining the firm in 2003. Leiberman joined the firm in 2009 and has since sold more than $300 million worth of property.

Christopher Joins CBRE as Vice Chairman

Louis Christopher has joined CBRE Group Inc. as a vice chairman. The 25-year industry veteran was with Cushman & Wakefield Inc., where he served as chairman of the company’s tenant-advisory group. In his new role, Christopher will provide services for the firm’s current and potential real estate users worldwide. He was one of the top 10 brokers at Cushman & Wakefield Inc. for three of the last four years.

M-F Research Firm Hires Walters as COO

Axiometrics Inc., a provider of multi-family data and analysis, has named Keith Walters COO. Walters was previously the COO of IT services provider Sagiss L.L.C., and was an outside director of Axiometrics prior to becoming the company’s COO. He will be tasked with continuing the growth of the company’s revenue stream, delivering new products and entering new markets.

Pederson Appointed CIO & COO at Chartres

Chartres Lodging Group has appointed Kirk Pederson as chief investment officer & COO. He will be responsible for new acquisitions as well as the operations and management of Chartres’ current $2.2 billion, 12,500-room portfolio of luxury and upscale hotels, conference centers and resorts. Pederson has more than 15 years of experience in the lodging industry. Prior to joining Chartres, he spearheaded West Coast and Hawaii lodging investments on behalf of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds.