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Officers & Trustees

Senior Management

John A. Kite
Chairman and CEO
Mr. Kite has served as Chairman of the Board since December 2008, as a trustee since our formation in March 2004, and as our Chief Executive Officer since our initial public offering in August 2004. He also served as our President from our initial public offering until December 2008. From 1997 to our initial public offering in 2004, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of our predecessor and other affiliated companies (the “Kite Companies”). Mr. Kite is responsible for the Company’s strategic planning, operations, acquisitions and capital markets activities. Mr. Kite began his career in 1987 at Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, and he holds a B.A. degree in Economics from DePauw University.

Mr. Kite’s long tenure as our company’s leader provides us with stability and continuity. In particular, Mr. Kite has in-depth, long-standing knowledge of our assets, operations, markets and employees. Mr. Kite continues to provide our Board and management team with invaluable experience in managing and operating our real estate company.
Thomas K. McGowan
President and COO
Thomas K. McGowan is President and Chief Operating Officer of Kite Realty Group. He is primarily responsible for new project development, land acquisition, leasing, real estate property management, and general operational and organizational functions of the development and construction departments. Before joining Kite Companies, Mr. McGowan worked eight years for real estate developer Mansur Development Corporation. During his 21 year career in real estate investment, Mr. McGowan has coordinated the development of shopping centers, Class A office buildings, medical facilities, industrial buildings, planned unit developments, and full service hotels. Mr. McGowan graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in political science.
Heath R. Fear
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Heath Fear joined Kite Realty Group as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2018.

Prior to joining KRG, Mr. Fear served as CFO at GGP Inc., and was previously CFO at Retail Properties of America, Inc. Mr. Fear has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from John Carroll University.
Scott E. Murray
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Scott E. Murray is executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Murray is responsible for managing the company's legal affairs, which includes advising the company with respect to legal issues, managing the company's legal department, and engaging and directing outside counsel. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Murray practiced law as a commercial litigator at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. Mr. Murray earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude.
Wade Achenbach
Executive Vice President, Portfolio Management
Wade Achenbach serves as Executive Vice President of Portfolio Management with Kite Realty Group Trust. While at Kite, Mr. Achenbach has completed over $5 billion in capital markets transactions and worked on over 3 million square feet of retail development and redevelopment in eight states. Prior to joining Kite, Mr. Achenbach was in the mergers and acquisitions group at Plexus Corp., a publicly traded global contract electronics manufacturing company, based in Wisconsin. Prior to Plexus, Mr. Achenbach worked in the Investment Banking Group at A.G. Edwards & Sons in St. Louis, MO as a generalist working on a variety of mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions.

Trustees

John A. Kite
Chairman and CEO
Mr. Kite has served as Chairman of the Board since December 2008, as a trustee since our formation in March 2004, and as our Chief Executive Officer since our initial public offering in August 2004. He also served as our President from our initial public offering until December 2008. From 1997 to our initial public offering in 2004, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of our predecessor and other affiliated companies (the “Kite Companies”). Mr. Kite is responsible for the Company’s strategic planning, operations, acquisitions and capital markets activities. Mr. Kite began his career in 1987 at Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, and he holds a B.A. degree in Economics from DePauw University.

Mr. Kite’s long tenure as our company’s leader provides us with stability and continuity. In particular, Mr. Kite has in-depth, long-standing knowledge of our assets, operations, markets and employees. Mr. Kite continues to provide our Board and management team with invaluable experience in managing and operating our real estate company.
William E. Bindley
Lead Independent Trustee
Mr. Bindley has served as our Lead Independent Trustee since our initial public offering in August 2004. He has been Chairman of Bindley Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2001. Mr. Bindley is also a Founder and Current Chairman of Guardian Pharmacy Services, a privately held provider of specialty pharmacy services to long-term care communities. It is the largest privately held long term care pharmacy in the United States. Mr. Bindley also founded Priority Healthcare Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed national provider of bio-pharmaceuticals and complex therapies for chronic disease states. He served as Chairman of Priority Healthcare from 1995 to 2002, Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 1997 and President from May 1996 to July 1996. Mr. Bindley was the Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bindley Western Industries, Inc., a national pharmaceutical distributor and nuclear pharmacy operator that was a NYSE Fortune 200 company at the time of its merger into Cardinal Health, Inc. in February 2001. He previously served on the boards of Cardinal Health, Inc., Key Bank, NA, Bindley Western Industries, Priority Healthcare Corporation, and Shoe Carnival, Inc. He received both a B.S. degree in Industrial Economics and a Doctor of Management (H.C.) degree from Purdue University. He also completed the Wholesale Management Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is the past Vice Chairman of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and serves on the President's Advisory Council at Purdue University.

Mr. Bindley, through his extensive experience in leading health-care focused companies, brings our Board valuable insight into the operations of businesses outside of the real estate sector. Further, Mr. Bindley brings to our Board extensive public company leadership experience and is particularly well-equipped to address matters such as public company governance and compensation matters. In addition, his leadership of Bindley Capital Partners, LLC provides our Board insight into the investment community and experience with financial matters.
Victor J. Coleman
Independent Trustee
Mr. Coleman serves as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Los Angeles-based Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE symbol: HPP), a real estate investment trust and has been a member of its board since its IPO. Previously, Mr. Coleman founded and served as a managing partner of HPP's predecessor, Hudson Capital, LLC, a private real estate investment company based in Los Angeles. In 1990, Mr. Coleman co-founded and led Arden Realty, Inc. as its President and Chief Operating Officer and as a director, taking that company public on the NYSE in 1996 and selling it in 2006. Mr. Coleman is an active community leader and is on the Founding Board of Directors for the Ziman Center for Real Estate (from 2004 to the present) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and also serves on the Boards of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and the Los Angeles Chapter of the World Presidents' Organization. In 2015, Mr. Coleman was awarded the City of Hope's 2015 Spirit of Life Award presented by the Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council, and the 2019 Real Star of Hollywood Award from the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park. Mr. Coleman's experience as a director also includes service on the board of other publicly traded real estate investment trusts, or REITs, such as Douglas Emmett, Inc. (from 2006 to 2009). Mr. Coleman is also an investor in the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League team. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Coleman's significant real estate experience is a great asset to our company and our Board. Mr. Coleman brings critical real estate investment industry expertise to our company. He also has keen insight into the investment community as the chairman and chief executive officer of a publicly listed real estate investment trust.
Lee A. Daniels
Independent Trustee
Mr. Daniels is the managing principal of Lee Daniels & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm for government and community relations, which he founded in 2007. Prior to forming his current company, Mr. Daniels practiced law for almost forty years, during which time he was an equity partner at Bell Boyd & Lloyd; Katten Muchin & Zavis; and Daniels & Faris. Mr. Daniels also was a principal in a commercial real estate firm from 2007 to 2012. He served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1975-2007, was Speaker of the House from 1995-1997, and was House Republican Leader from 1983-2003. He also served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois from 1971-1974. Mr. Daniels currently serves on the Board of Directors for Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., where he is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee. He also serves as a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Haymarket Center, a nonprofit behavioral treatment center located in Chicago. Mr. Daniels previously served on the Board of Directors for Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, Inc., the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees, the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Board of Governors, the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, the Presidential Search Committee for the College of DuPage, the Suburban Bank and Trust Company of Elmhurst Board of Directors, the Elmhurst Federal Savings and Loan Association Board of Directors, and the DuPage Easter Seals Board of Directors. Mr. Daniels received his bachelor degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from both The John Marshall Law School and the University of Iowa, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Elmhurst College.

Based on his years of legal practice, experience as a director of publicly-registered real estate investment trusts, experience as a commercial real estate broker and service in the government, Mr. Daniels is well-qualified to serve as a member of our Board.
Christie B. Kelly
Independent Trustee
Ms. Kelly is the former Global Chief Financial Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (NYSE symbol: JLL), a publicly traded financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. She worked with Jones Lang LaSalle from 2013 - 2018, bringing with her 25 years of experience in financial management, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and investment banking. From 2009 - 2013, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE symbol: DRE), a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate, with Lehman Brothers, where she led real estate equity syndication in the United States and Canada. She spent most of her early career at General Electric, holding a variety of domestic and global leadership roles for GE Real Estate, GE Capital, GE Corporate Audit, and GE Medical Systems. Ms. Kelly holds a B.A. degree in economics from Bucknell University. Ms. Kelly serves on the boards of directors for Park Hotels & Resorts Inc., a publicly traded lodging REIT, and TIER REIT, Inc., a publicly traded commercial office REIT.

Ms. Kelly's significant real estate and financial experience provides our Board with a strong level of knowledge and expertise regarding real estate companies. Her career as a real estate investment executive enriches our corporate diversity and industry expertise. In particular, Ms. Kelly has first-hand and extensive experience in the development and operation of real estate assets through her roles with General Electric, Lehman Brothers, and Duke Realty. Additionally, Ms. Kelly's previous service as chief financial officer at two publicly traded companies provides a valuable operational and financial accounting perspective to our Board.
David R. O'Reilly
Independent Trustee
Mr. O’Reilly joined The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE symbol: HHC) in October 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer, where he is responsible for managing the company’s investment and financial strategy and working with the executive team to unlock meaningful long-term value across the company’s portfolio. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Properties, Inc., a NYSE-traded real estate investment trust focused on office properties. Prior to that, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President of Banyan Street Capital and as Director of Capital Markets for Eola Capital LLC. He served in the investment banking industry as Senior Vice President of Barclays Capital Inc. and in a similar capacity for Lehman Brothers. During his career, Mr. O’Reilly has been involved in a broad range of financial advisory and merger and acquisition activities, including leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and single asset and pooled CMBS transactions. Mr. O’Reilly graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received his M.B.A. from the Columbia University.

Mr. O’Reilly’s significant experience in commercial real estate investment and finance and his experience as a Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company allow him to make valuable contributions to the Company and the Board in these areas.
Barton R. Peterson
Independent Trustee
Mr. Peterson is the President and CEO of Christel House International, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of impoverished children in India, South Africa, Mexico and the United States through K-12 education and college and career support. Previously, Mr. Peterson served as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications and as a member of the executive committee at Eli Lilly and Company from 2009 to 2017. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Mr. Peterson was Managing Director at Strategic Capital Partners, LLC from June 2008 to June 2009. During spring 2008, Mr. Peterson was a fellow with the Institute of Politics of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. During the 2008- 2009 academic year, Mr. Peterson was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Ball State University. He continues as a fellow with the University's Bowen Center for Public Affairs. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Peterson served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2007. Mr. Peterson received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1980 and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1983.

Mr. Peterson's experience in corporate affairs and communications at a major publicly traded company and his significant background and stature as a business and civic leader strengthen our Board and contribute unique experience in public outreach and governance that is invaluable to our company.
Charles Henry Wurtzebach
Independent Trustee
Dr. Wurtzebach is currently Chairman, Department of Real Estate, and Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Director, The Real Estate Center at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, a position he has held since 2015. Dr. Wurtzebach joined the faculty at DePaul University in January 2009. From 1999 to November 2008, Dr. Wurtzebach served as managing director and property chief investment officer of Henderson Global Investors (North America) Inc., where he was responsible for the strategic portfolio planning and the overall management of Henderson’s North American business. Dr. Wurtzebach was president and chief executive officer of Heitman Capital Management from June 1994 to May 1998 and president of JMB Institutional Realty from June 1991 to June 1994. In addition, Dr. Wurtzebach was the Director of the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program within the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin from 1974 to 1986. Dr. Wurtzebach currently serves as an independent director of the board of directors of RREEF Property Trust, Inc., where he also serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served as an independent director of Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, Inc., a publicly registered, non-traded real estate investment trust, from 2009 until 2014 and as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Dr. Wurtzebach has co-authored or acted as co-editor of several books, including Modern Real Estate, co-authored with Mike Miles, and Managing Real Estate Portfolios, co-edited with Susan Hudson-Wilson, and numerous academic and professional articles. A frequently featured speaker at professional and academic gatherings, Dr. Wurtzebach was the 1994 recipient of the prestigious Graaskamp Award for Research Excellence presented by the Pension Real Estate Association and is a member of the American Real Estate Society and a past president and director of the Real Estate Research Institute. Dr. Wurtzebach obtained his bachelor degree from DePaul University, a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Dr. Wurtzebach brings a variety of valuable perspectives to our Board through his academic experience as a real estate professor, industry experience as an executive for investment management companies and his board experience with a public non-listed REIT.
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