Cole Taps Real Estate Expert David Lynn to Join World Class Management Team

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Firm enhances real estate investment strategy and research capabilities

Cole Real Estate Investments (Cole), one of the nation’s leading acquirers and managers of high-quality, income-producing real estate assets, today announced that David Lynn, Ph.D. has joined the firm as Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Strategist.

Dr. Lynn will lead Cole’s investment strategy and research group and underwriting team, and will be primarily responsible for portfolio investment and management strategies, capital market analysis and economic research. In addition to being an instrumental member of our real estate team, he will also work closely with Cole’s capital markets platform, assisting in the strategy of new products and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders. Dr. Lynn will also serve on both of Cole’s Executive Committee, which drives the strategic direction of the firm, and Investment Committee, which drives real estate investment decisions.

Prior to joining Cole, Dr. Lynn served as Global Head of Investment Strategy and Research at Clarion Partners (previously ING Clarion Partners), where he directed their investment decisions across multi-billion core and value-add real estate investments. He was a member of their Investment and Operating Committee. Previously, he held senior real estate positions at AIG Global Real Estate, AvalonBay Communities and the Target Corporation. Dr. Lynn has written several books, including, Active Private Equity Real Estate Strategy (John Wiley and Sons, 2009), Emerging Market Real Estate Investment (John Wiley and Sons, 2010), and Real Estate Mathematics (PEI, 2011).

An acknowledged scholar and industry leader, Dr. Lynn received his Ph.D. in Financial Economics at the London School of Economics, a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and Real Estate from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Additionally he earned an MA in urban planning and real estate from Cornell, and a BA in real estate from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) a member of PREA, ULI and ICSC.

“David represents another tremendous addition to our leadership team and investment management capabilities, bringing to Cole a wealth of strategic real estate acumen, analytical expertise and deep understanding of real estate capital markets,” said Marc Nemer, Cole’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “He will be a strong complement to our top-tier investment team, providing the most in-depth and up-to-date economic research for our portfolio of institutional-quality real estate.”

“We’ve built Cole into one of the nation’s leading real estate investment management firms by hiring the most capable individuals in the industry who are passionate about delivering real estate management of the highest caliber. I am pleased to have David join our team as we further our goal to be the premier name in real estate.” said Christopher Cole, Founder and Executive Chairman.
Indraneel Karlekar, Ph.D., who helped further Cole’s portfolio management and research efforts and was a contributor to significant developments while at Cole, will be assisting in the transition and subsequently departing to rejoin his family who resides out of state.

About Cole Real Estate Investments
Founded in 1979, Cole Real Estate Investments is one of the nation’s leading acquirers and managers of high-quality, income-producing retail, office and industrial real estate assets. Cole primarily targets net-leased single-tenant and multi-tenant retail properties under long-term leases with creditworthy tenants, as well as single-tenant office and industrial properties, using a conservative investment and financing strategy. According to Real Capital Analytics, a leading industry research firm, Cole has established itself as the No. 1 buyer of all single-tenant assets for the past 10 years. At the end of December 2012, Cole-related entities owned and managed 2,050 assets representing approximately 76 million square feet of commercial real estate in 47 states/territories, with a combined acquisition cost of $12.4 billion. To learn more, visit

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