Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) (“Colony” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Severin White as Managing Director, Head of Public Investor Relations, effective immediately.
As Head of Public Investor Relations, Mr. White will, among other things, manage and cultivate relationships with the investment community, oversee the Company’s financial communications and shareholder outreach, and act as a liaison between the management team, Board of Directors and Colony Capital’s ownership base. He will also support the Colony senior leadership team, as the Company pivots its focus to digital infrastructure and real estate.
“With more than 25 years of investment management experience in both private equity and public markets, Severin brings invaluable expertise and leadership to our investor relations program,” said Marc Ganzi, Colony Capital’s CEO-elect. “Severin will play an important role in building investor engagement and articulating the benefits of our new strategic direction focused on digital infrastructure and real estate.”
Mr. White said, “Colony Capital is a dynamic business with compelling opportunities ahead. I am excited to join the Company at such an important time in its history and I look forward to communicating Colony’s bright prospects for growth and value creation to our shareholders and the broader investment community.”
About Severin White
Over the course of his career, Mr. White has held senior operational and finance positions at several capital management and investment firms. He joins Colony Capital from Niagara Share LLC, a financial advisory practice serving family office investors focused on both public and private investments. Mr. White founded and served as managing member of Niagara Share LLC.
Prior to founding Niagara Share, he served for 10 years as a key member of the investment team managed by New Vernon Capital and subsequently Columbia Pacific Advisors. Earlier in his career, Mr. White served as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Smithsonian Business Ventures, where he spearheaded the negotiation and structuring of the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture television network between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Mr. White began his career at Bastion Capital, a Los Angeles‐based middle market private equity buyout fund.
Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.
About Colony Capital
Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE:CLNY) is a global investment firm with a focus on building the leading digital real estate provider and funding source for the occupancy, infrastructure, equity and credit needs of the world’s mobile communications and data-driven companies. The Company has assets under management of approximately $49 billion composed of $36 billion of capital managed on behalf of third party institutional and retail investors and $13 billion of investment interests on its own balance sheet. The Company’s owns and operates an investment management business with $14 billion in digital real estate investments and $22 billion in traditional commercial real estate debt and equity investments. With respect to investment interests on its balance sheet, the Company owns (a) a controlling 20% interest in DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and connectivity services, (b) a 71% interest in 358 healthcare properties, (c) a 94% interest in 157 hospitality properties, (d) approximately 67 million shares of Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE:CLNC), and (e) interests in various other equity and debt investments including general partnership interests in funds management by the Company commercial real estate equity and debt investments and other real estate-related securities. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with key offices in Boca Raton, New York, Paris and London, and has over 400 employees across 21 locations in 13 countries. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clny.com.
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