Board of Directors
Robert Baker is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of National Realty Development Corp., one of the largest privately owned real estate development companies in the United States. National Realty Development Corp manages and controls approximately 22 million square feet of retail space in over 70 centers located in the northeastern United States. Mr. Baker also formerly acted as a Director of City & Suburban Savings Bank, a New York state based bank and formerly acted as a Director of Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. .
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.
Richard Baker has been the Company’s Governor since July 2008. Mr. Baker is also the Executive Chairman and was previously the CEO of the Company. Mr. Baker owns National Realty Development Corp., one of the largest privately owned real estate development companies in the United States, along with his father, Mr. Robert Baker. Mr. Baker is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Retail Opportunity Investments Corp., which is a REIT listed on the NASDAQ Exchange that focuses on acquiring retail properties on the east and west coasts of the United States.
Mr. Baker serves or has served on several councils and advisory boards at Cornell University including: the Baker Program in Real Estate Advisory Board, the School of Hotel Administration Advisory Council, the Center for Real Estate and Finance Advisory Board, and the Center for Real Estate and Finance Industry Fellows.
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Cornell University.
Helena Foulkes was appointed CEO of HBC in February 2018, where she is responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations for all banners, overseeing approximately 65,000 associates worldwide. Prior to joining HBC, she spent 25 years at CVS Health Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS Pharmacy, a position she held since January 2014. Before joining CVS, Ms. Foulkes worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Tiffany & Co.
Ms. Foulkes has received numerous professional honors, including being named to Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in Business, as well as Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. She serves on the boards of The Home Depot and the Harvard University Board of Overseers.
Ms. Foulkes holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Eric Gross was an early investor in WeWork and has been with WeWork full time since early 2015, where he currently serves as a member of the Management Committee of WeWork Property Investors. Prior to joining WeWork, Mr. Gross spent 15 years managing investments in the hedge fund industry for Citadel Investment Group, Highbridge Capital Management and George Weiss Associates. His focus was on long/short global equities in the consumer sector.
Mr. Gross has a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Steven Langman co-founded Rhône in 1996 and has led the day to day management of the firm since inception. Rhône is an alternative asset manager in private equity, real estate and venture capital. He serves on all of the Investment Committees of Rhône’s capital pools, including WeWork Property Investors and Rhône’s real estate joint venture with WeWork. Prior to joining Rhône, Mr. Langman was a Managing Director of Lazard Frères, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Lazard Frères, Mr. Langman worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of Goldman Sachs. He has more than three decades of experience financing, analyzing and investing in public and private companies, as well as serving on the boards of a number of Rhône portfolio companies.
In addition to HBC, Mr. Langman currently serves on the board of directors of CSM Bakery Solutions, Zodiac Pool Solutions, Vistajet and WeWork. He also serves as a director and advisor to a number of philanthropic and educational institutions.
Mr. Langman received a B.A. with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
David Leith is the Chair of the Board of the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). Mr Leith served as the Chair of the board of directors of the Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. from 2010 to 2017. Mr. Leith served as Deputy Chairman and Head of Investment, Corporate and Merchant Banking at CIBC World Markets from 2007 to 2009. Previously at CIBC World Markets, Mr. Leith served as Managing Director and Head of Canadian Investment and Corporate Banking from 2004 to 2007, and Managing Director and Head, Debt Origination from 1999 to 2004.
Mr. Leith graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. and holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University.
William Mack has served as a member of the board of directors of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation since 1997 and as its Chairman since 2000. Since 1964, Mr. Mack has served as President and Senior Managing Partner of The Mack Company, where he pioneered the development of large, Class A office properties and helped to increase The Mack Company’s portfolio to approximately 20 million square feet. In addition, Mr. Mack is the founder and chairman of Mack Real Estate Group. Mr. Mack is a director of FCB Financial Holdings. Mr. Mack was the founder and chairman of AREA Property Partners and remained with them until 2013. Mr. Mack previously served as a member of the boards of directors of City and Suburban Financial Corporation from 1988 to 2007, The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. from 1997 to 2004, Vail Resorts, Inc. from 1993 to 2004 and Wyndham International, Inc. from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Mack is a Vice Chairman of the Northwell Health and Chairman of the Board for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the board of overseers of The Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and is also former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Mack attended The Wharton School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, finance and real estate from New York University.
Lee Neibart is Chief Executive Officer of HBS Global Properties, the real estate joint venture formed between Hudson’s Bay Company and Simon Property Group. He is also Partner and Chairman of the Real Estate Group of Ares Management LLC. Mr. Neibart serves on the Ares Real Estate Management Committee and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity. Mr. Neibart joined Ares Management LLC in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he was a Global CEO from 1993 to 2013. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Neibart was with the Robert Martin Company, a real estate development and management firm, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Neibart graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.
Wayne Pommen is the President and CEO of PayBright / Health Smart Financial Services. Mr. Pommen is also a director of IOU Financial Inc. Previously, Mr. Pommen was a Principal at TorQuest Partners, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, and a management consultant with Bain & Company in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. Mr. Pommen also served as a strategy director at BPP Holdings plc, a publicly listed provider of professional education in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Mr. Pommen holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and an A.B. from Harvard University. Mr. Pommen has also completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has received his ICD.D designation.
Earl Rotman is Chairman of Venator Capital Management Ltd. Prior to joining Venator Capital Management Ltd., Mr. Rotman was a co-founder and partner at RedBird Capital Partners. Mr. Rotman was also a co-founder of Genuity Capital Markets, and became the Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, at Canaccord Genuity Corp. between 2010 and 2013 after it was acquired by Canaccord. Prior to co-founding Genuity Capital Markets, Mr. Rotman was a Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets where he was a member of both the Canadian and U.S. Investment Banking Operating Committees and the Merchant Banking Investment Committee. Mr. Rotman is also a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, Chairman of Eleventy USA LLC and a director of Champion Petfoods (GP) Ltd.
Mr. Rotman attended the University of Toronto and holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Rotman is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Matthew Rubel is the former President and CEO of Varsity Brands, where he served from 2016 to 2017. Previously, Mr. Rubel was a senior advisor to leading private equity firms, TPG Capital and TPG Growth as well as Roark Capital until 2016. Mr. Rubel was the Chairman, CEO and President of Collective Brands, Inc. where he served from 2005 to June 2011. Prior to joining Collective Brands, Inc., Mr. Rubel was the Chairman, President and CEO of Cole Haan. He has led multiple other retail and trend related consumer brands globally.
He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the board of directors at KidKraft, Inc. and as the Lead Independent Director of The Joint Corporation. Mr. Rubel also serves on the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. and as a Presidential Appointee to the White House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation. In the area of Digital Technology, Mr Rubel is a Senior Advisor to Retail Next, Celect and First Insight. Mr. Rubel is active in several industry and civic organizations, including the Jay H. Baker Initiative at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the American Ballet Theatre and President’s Council at the University of Miami as well as the Board of the University of Miami Business School.
Mr. Rubel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami.
Andrea Wong was the President of International Production, Sony Pictures Television, and President, International, Sony Pictures Entertainment from 2011 to 2017. In such roles, she was responsible for the studio’s international TV production business, overseeing creative teams outside the United States as well as 18 owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. Ms. Wong is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as a Governor of the British Film Institute, is on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts.
In addition to Hudson’s Bay Company, Ms. Wong currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., Liberty Media Corporation and Qurate Retail Group. Ms. Wong also currently serves on the advisory board of The RightsXchange.
Ms. Wong holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.