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  • Jinchu Shen, Jeffrey
    Executive Director, Co-founder & Co-CEO

    Appointed as Director in 2016 and re-designated as Executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Shen has been the co-CEO of our Group since June 2011 and was also a co-founder of e-Shang. He is responsible for overseeing ESR’s overall operations and business development, leading regional growth strategies, and expanding ESR’s asset and fund management platforms. Mr. Shen has over 20 years of industrial real estate experience in the PRC. Prior to co-founding our group, he was previously Senior Vice President at GLP Investment Management (China) Co. Ltd. (formerly Prologis China); and the deputy director in DTZ Debenham Tie Leung International Property Advisers. He graduated from the Shanghai Jiaotong University of Technology in the PRC and obtained a bachelor’s degree in technical economics. Mr. Shen also holds an MBA from East China University in the PRC.

  • Stuart Gibson
    Executive Director, Co-founder & Co-CEO

    Appointed as Director in 2016 and re-designated as Executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Stuart Gibson has been the co-CEO of our Group since January 2016 and was also a co-founder and CEO of the Redwood group. Mr. Gibson is responsible for overseeing ESR’s overall operations and business development. He has over 24 years of real estate development and investment experience in Asia, which includes 15 years in the Japanese industrial real estate sector. Mr. Gibson was formerly the country head of Prologis Japan, and former co-founder and co-CEO of AMB BlackPine, which was subsequently incorporated into Prologis. He was also the Chairman of AMB Property Corporation Japan Advisory Committee.

  • Charles Alexander Portes
    Executive Director, Co-founder & President

    Appointed as Director in 2016 and re-designated as Executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Charles Alexander Portes has been the President of our Group since January 2016 and was also the co-founder and President of the Redwood group. Mr. Portes is responsible for overseeing ESR’s overall private equity capital raising and operations and business development. Mr. Portes has over 23 years of real estate investment experience, including 19 years in the industrial sector in Asia. He was the co-founder and co-CEO of AMB BlackPine, which was subsequently incorporated into Prologis; and a Member of the AMB Property Japan Advisory Committee . He was also the Head of Acquisitions and Capital for Europe and Asia for Prologis Japan. Prior to this, he worked in real estate, principally in investments, at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Portes graduated from The John Hopkins University in the United States where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Non-Executive Directors Back to Board of Directors

  • Jeffrey David Perlman (Chairman)

    Appointed as Director in 2011 and re-designated as Non-executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Perlman was appointed as Chairman on 20 May 2019. As Managing Director and Head of Southeast Asia at Warburg Pincus since May 2016, he leads Warburg Pincus’ investments in Southeast Asia and focuses on real estate investments across the greater APAC region. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Mr. Perlman worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Credit Suisse. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ross School of Business at University of Michigan.

  • Joseph Raymond Gagnon

    Appointed as Director in 2011 and re-designated as Non-executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Joseph Raymond Gagnon is a Managing Director at Warburg Pincus, where he focuses on the firm’s real estate investment business in China and Southeast Asia. Mr. Gagnon has also served as Non-executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Red Star Macalline Group Corporation Ltd (Stock Code: 1528); Directors of Vingroup Joint Stock Company (Stock Code: VIC) and Vincom Retail Joint Stock Company (Stock Code: VRE), both listed on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange in Vietnam. He obtained a bachelor’s degree of science in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University in the United States.

  • Zhenhui Wang

    Appointed as Director in 2018 and re-designated as Non-executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Zhenhui Wang is the CEO of JD Logistics and is in charge of its logistics operations and services to businesses across a wide range of industries. Prior to this role, Mr. Wang was the General Manager of North China region of JD.com, and has also held leadership roles at JD.com in its Warehousing and Logistics Department. Mr. Wang obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Science and Technology Beijing and an EMBA degree from China Europe International Business School in the PRC.

  • Ho Jeong Lee

    Appointed as Director in 2017 and re-designated as Non-executive Director in February 2019, Mr. Ho Jeong Lee is an executive of SK. Mr. Lee has worked for various SK group companies, including roles at SK Innovation Co., Ltd, SK Networks and SK Pinx. He graduated from Inha University in South Korea, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. He also holds an MBA from the Korea University.

Independent Non-Executive Directors Back to Board of Directors

  • Brett Harold Krause

    Appointed as Independent Non-executive Director in 2019, Mr. Brett Harold Krause is the chairman of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Mr. Krause has extensive experience in the banking industry in Asia and in corporate management. He is the Chief Strategy Officer at FunPlus. Prior to this role, Mr. Krause was the Managing Partner at PurpleSky Capital LLC, the President of JPMorgan Chase (China) and held various senior roles in Citigroup. Mr. Krause obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University in the United States. He also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School of Columbia University in the United States.

  • The Right Honourable, Sir Hugo George William SWIRE, KCMG, MP

    Appointed as Independent Non-executive Director in 2019, Sir Hugo George William Swire KCMG, MP is the chairman of the Nomination Committee. Sir Hugo is the Deputy Chairman of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and the Chairman of Conservative Middle East Council, as well as the Member of Parliament for East Devon in the United Kingdom. He has held several ministerial roles in the United Kingdom, including Minister of State for Northern Ireland and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Sir Hugo was sworn to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 2011, and was awarded a knighthood in the United Kingdom in 2016.

  • Simon James McDonald

    Appointed as Independent Non-executive Director in 2019, Mr. Simon James McDonald is the chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Mr. McDonald has extensive experience in real estate and management in APAC and is the head of asset management at Asia Pacific Land. Prior to this role, Mr. McDonald held various roles at GE Capital Real Estate, in Sydney in Australia and Tokyo in Japan. Mr. McDonald obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from The Australian National University and a master of business from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Mr. McDonald is a fellow member of CPA Australia, a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and a member and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Jingsheng Liu

    Appointed as Independent Non-executive Director in 2019, Ms. Jingsheng Liu is a member of the Nomination Committee. Ms. Liu has extensive experience in the capital markets in the PRC, and is currently the advisory director at China International Capital Corporation Limited (“CICC”). Prior to joining CICC, she worked at the Department of State Planning and Regional Economy of State Planning Commission (currently known as the National Development and Reform Commission) in the PRC. Ms. Liu obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Renmin University of China in the PRC and a master’s degree in rural development management from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

  • Robin Tom Holdsworth

    Appointed as Independent Non-executive Director in 2019, Mr. Robin Tom Holdsworth is also a member of the Audit Committee. He has a wealth of experience in private equity fund management and property consultancy and is the founder and managing director of RTH Advisors Ltd. Prior to this role, Mr. Holdsworth held various leadership roles at LimeTree Capital Advisors Ltd., PT Jones Lang LaSalle and Brooke Hillier Parker. Mr. Holdsworth obtained a bachelor’s degree in economic and social history from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.