CEO, Brookfield Properties' retail group and Vice Chairman, Brookfield Properties
Sandeep Mathrani is CEO of Brookfield Properties' retail group and Vice Chairman, Brookfield Properties. For nearly eight years, he served as CEO of GGP Inc. and was part of the group that recapitalized GGP in November 2010.
Prior to joining GGP in 2010, Mr. Mathrani was President of Retail for Vornado Realty Trust, where he oversaw the U.S. retail real estate. Before that, he spent nearly a decade as executive vice president at Forest City Ratner, responsible for their retail development and leasing in the New York City metropolitan area.
Mr. Mathrani serves on the executive board and the board of trustees for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), executive board and current vice chair of NAREIT and on the board of directors of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Mr. Mathrani holds a Master of Engineering, Master of Management Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
Chief Operating Officer
Jared Chupaila is the Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Properties' retail group and oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, including leasing, business development, asset and property management, marketing, and business intelligence and strategy.
Before that, he spent nearly two decades at GGP, most recently as Executive Vice President of Leasing where he oversaw all leasing activity and new business opportunities for the retail real estate company’s 100-plus+ properties. He began his career as a leasing specialist at the Howard Hughes Corp. in Las Vegas.
Mr. Chupaila earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Tyler Steel is the Executive Vice President and CFO for Brookfield Properties' retail group. Mr. Steel brings over 20 years of corporate finance and strategic executive leadership to the company. An integral member of the Senior Leadership Team at Ventas, a $22Bn+ market cap REIT, Mr. Steel led the corporate finance team and built the Financial Planning and Analysis organization. In this role he was also responsible for reporting quarterly earnings, investor relations, Board of Directors reporting and integrating several acquisitions.
Prior to Ventas, Mr. Steel was CFO of US Lending at GE Capital Real Estate, a $20Bn+ real estate lending business, where he was responsible for creating and executing a successful turnaround strategy following the 2008 financial market crash. In this role he led the business in originating $15 billion in new deals and $20 billion of loan workouts. Mr. Steel held several senior-level corporate finance roles at GE over 15 years, as well as completing the prestigious Corporate Audit Staff (CAS) and Financial Management (FMP) programs.
Mr. Steel graduated from the College of William & Mary with Honors and with a B.A. in Economics.
Executive Vice President, Leasing
Troy Benson is Executive Vice President of Leasing for Brookfield Properties' retail group and oversees leasing activity for the company's portfolio of more than 150 regional shopping centers encompassing over 146 million square feet of retail space. Mr. Benson has spent more than 20 years at the company and has held a leadership role in nearly every sector of the leasing department. Early in his tenure, Troy was Vice President of Asset Management overseeing marketing, leasing and the management teams for 45 regional shopping centers. Mr. Benson's robust real estate career began in Florida where he worked on ground-up development projects.
Mr. Benson graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Economics.
Executive Vice President, Construction, Design & Development Administration
John Cournoyer serves as Executive Vice President, Construction, Design & Development for Brookfield Properties' retail group. Mr. Cournoyer has more than 25 years of experience in development, construction, finance, design, leasing, and acquisitions. He has been with the company since 2011 as a key leader in the construction, design, and development helping to bring $3 billion development and re-development projects online across the portfolio.
Prior to joining Brookfield Properties, Mr. Cournoyer spent 12 years as a real estate development executive in the New York office of Forest City Enterprises.
Mr. Cournoyer earned his Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Bennington College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a Master of Science in real estate development from Columbia University (New York).
Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
James Cummings is the Chief Accounting Officer for Brookfield Properties' retail group, overseeing all aspects of the company’s accounting functions including financial and operational accounting, public reporting and compliance.
Mr. Cummings joined Brookfield Properties' retail group (formerly GGP) in January 2012 in the Finance group and moved to Accounting in 2016. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Cummings spent ten years between the Finance and Accounting groups for Equity Lifestyle Properties, a publicly traded REIT that owns and operates manufactured home communities across North America.
Mr. Cummings is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Wabash College and a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School..
Stacie L. Herron
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Stacie Heron is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Brookfield Properties' retail group and is responsible for all of the company’s legal matters and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the legal department. Ms. Herron joined GGP, Inc. in May 2008 as an attorney in the Corporate, Contracts and Securities group, taking over leadership of that team in March 2011, and succeeding to her current role in July 2018.
Prior to joining GGP, Ms. Herron was an in-house corporate attorney with a NYSE-traded retail company, where she was responsible for corporate, finance and international matters. Before moving in-house, Ms. Herron was a corporate associate at a Chicago law firm, where she focused on general corporate, transactional and securities matters on behalf of public and private companies.
Ms. Herron graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received her Juris Doctor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Gretchen Horn is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Brookfield Properties’ retail group. She oversees teams that deliver innovative, secure, scalable, and sustainable technology solutions that enable the growth and operations for the organization. Ms. Horn joined the company in 2006 and during that time has held various positions within the Information Technology department.
Ms. Horn graduated from the University of Kansas School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Executive Vice President, Asset Management
Brian McCarthy serves as Executive Vice President of Asset Management at Brookfield Properties' retail group, overseeing management, operations, tenant coordination and energy/sustainability for the company.
Over the last two decades, Mr. McCarthy has held numerous positions in asset management. Mr. McCarthy spent 14 years working at The Rouse Company—starting as a college intern in development.
Mr. McCarthy graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Executive Vice President, Anchors and Big Box Leasing & Development
Chris Pine is the Executive vice President of Anchors and Big Box Leasing & Development at Brookfield Properties' retail group and is a seasoned veteran in the retail real estate industry. Mr. Pine leads the leasing strategy for redeveloping department stores across the Brookfield Properties portfolio and spearheads efforts to bring new uses to those anchor spaces such as retail, fitness, grocery, entertainment, and more. He started at the company in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Big Box Leasing.
Previously, Mr. Pine worked as a Vice President of Real Estate for Whole Foods Market where he transacted more than 1 million square feet of leases per year and as a real estate director for Brinker International where he was responsible for the rollout of emerging concepts.
Mr. Pine graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational psychology.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Kathy Rugebregt is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Brookfield Properties' retail group, overseeing all aspects of the company’s human resources functions including talent acquisition, employee relations, learning and development, compensation, benefits and compliance. Responsible for more than 1,900 employees, Ms. Rugebregt is at the forefront of driving the organization’s strong cultural values. During her 14-year tenure with the company, Kathy has held other senior-level human resources roles including HR data management and talent acquisition.
Ms. Rugebregt graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science.
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Michelle Snyder is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Brookfield Properties' retail group, and is responsible for driving brand awareness for the company’s more than 160 retail assets to a variety of key audiences, including tenant partners and consumers. Ms. Snyder oversees a team of more than 70 employees, focusing on everything from creative design to public relations, consumer and tenant marketing and more.
Prior to joining Brookfield Properties in 2014, Ms. Snyder acted as the head of consumer insights at MARS Wrigley Confectionery.
Ms. Snyder graduated from Louisiana State University and has an MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird International School of Management.
Executive Vice President, Development
Adam Tritt is the Executive Vice President of Development and oversees the Brookfield Properties development team. In this role, Mr. Tritt is responsible for the strategy surrounding re-development of assets in the entire retail portfolio. Mr. Tritt has spent his entire career at Brookfield Properties (formerly GGP), beginning as an analyst in 1999 in the development group. He has worked in a variety of roles including most recently overseeing retail assets in the West. Over the past eight years, Mr. Tritt has completed projects valued at more than $1 billion and generated more than $80 million in new net operating income.
Mr. Tritt graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with degrees from the Engineering School and The Wharton School of Business.