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BentallGreenOak Appoints Ryan Severino as Chief Economist and Head of Research in the U.S.

BentallGreenOak Appoints Ryan Severino as Chief Economist and Head of Research in the U.S.

Chief Economist is a new role at BGO aimed at further enhancing BGO’s industry-leading, proprietary research and insights that inform the firm’s investment management

NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2023BentallGreenOak (BGO), a leading, global real estate investment management advisor and a globally-recognized provider of real estate services, today announced the appointment of Ryan Severino to the newly-created role of Chief Economist and Head of Research for the firm’s U.S. business. Severino will focus on global and regional economic research, analysis, and commentary, as well as supporting BGO’s investment and portfolio management teams through property market forecasting.

Severino brings 25 years of economics, real estate, and investment research and analysis to his role at BGO. He joins BGO from JLL where he served as Chief Economist and managed the economics team. He also served as senior economist and director of research at Reis in the research and economics department, which was responsible for the firm’s market forecasting, valuation, and portfolio analytics services. Earlier in his career, he served as the associate director of research at MetLife Real Estate, and before that, the director of investment strategy and market research at Starwood Capital Group.

Severino is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA Institute), the American Economic Association (AEA), the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF). Severino holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He is also a CFA Institute Charterholder.

Severino currently serves as an adjunct professor of finance and economics at Columbia University and New York University teaching courses such as urban economics, portfolio and risk management, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. He also has experience in real estate asset management, portfolio management, and acquisitions. His original research has appeared in several journals such as the Wharton Real Estate Review and The Real Estate Finance Journal. His assessments of market conditions have appeared in international publications like The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times and on business networks such as CNBC and Bloomberg.

“BGO’s disciplined approach as a fiduciary has historically benefitted from our superb in-house bench strength of research professionals who deliver timely and tangible market intelligence that benefits our investors and clients. Ryan’s highly valued leadership will further enhance our robust economic research and focus on data analytics to keep BGO at the forefront of identifying and capitalizing on new market opportunities and hedging against emerging risks,” said Rob Naso, Managing Partner, and Head of U.S. Asset Management. “We look forward to the addition of Ryan’s experience and considerable strengths to delivering advantages to our U.S. focused strategies.”

About BentallGreenOak

BentallGreenOak is a leading, global real estate investment management advisor and a globally-recognized provider of real estate services. BentallGreenOak serves the interests of more than 750 institutional clients with approximately $83 billion USD of assets under management (as of December 31, 2022) and expertise in the asset management of office, industrial, multi-residential, retail and hospitality property across the globe. BentallGreenOak has offices in 28 cities across fourteen countries with deep, local knowledge, experience, and extensive networks in the regions where we invest in and manage real estate assets on behalf of our clients in primary, secondary and co-investment markets. BentallGreenOak is a part of SLC Management, which is the alternatives asset management business of Sun Life.

The assets under management shown above includes real estate equity and mortgage investments managed by the BentallGreenOak group of companies and their affiliates, and as of 1Q21, includes certain uncalled capital commitments for discretionary capital until they are legally expired and excludes certain uncalled capital commitments where the investor has complete discretion over investment.

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