Colony Credit Real Estate Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer
Effective November 9, 2018, Sujan S. Patel resigned from all positions at Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNC) (the “Company”), including Mr. Patel’s position as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company, to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Patel joined the Company’s manager and its predecessor company in February 2007 and has been instrumental in the formation and public launch of the Company, serving as its initial Chief Financial Officer and overseeing its investments, capital markets, and investor relations activities. “I appreciate Sujan’s value-added contributions, dedication and loyalty. He has helped to put us on a steep trajectory since our formation and I wish him continued success in his next pursuits,” said Kevin P. Traenkle, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company.
The Board of Directors of the Company today announced that it has unanimously approved the appointment of Neale W. Redington, 52, as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company, and Frank V. Saracino, 52, as Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. Mr. Redington was previously the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer. “We are fortunate to have had Mr. Redington and Mr. Saracino at the Company, continuing to provide a wealth of financial and accounting experience to the Company,” said Mr. Traenkle.
Mr. Redington, a 10-year veteran of Colony Capital, Inc., the Company’s manager, together with his responsibilities for the Company, also serves as Managing Director and the Chief Accounting Officer of Colony Capital. He is responsible for financial accounting and reporting for firm-sponsored investments and related affiliates and subsidiaries. Prior to joining the predecessor Colony business in 2008, Mr. Redington was an audit partner in the real estate and hospitality practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, having worked there for 20 years.
Mr. Saracino serves as Managing Director at Colony Capital where his responsibilities include financial accounting and reporting for Colony Capital managed non-listed real estate investment trusts and registered closed-end investment reporting companies as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining a predecessor of the Colony business in 2015, Mr. Saracino was a managing director with Prospect Capital Corporation where he served from inception as Chief Financial Officer of its real estate investment trust subsidiaries and registered closed-end investment companies. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Saracino was a Managing Director and America’s co-head of finance at Macquarie Group, and 2004 to 2008 he was Chief Accounting Officer of eSpeed, Inc., a publicly traded subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald.
About Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.
Colony Credit Real Estate (NYSE: CLNC) is one of the largest publicly traded commercial real estate (CRE) credit REITs, focused on originating, acquiring, financing and managing a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of CRE senior mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, preferred equity, debt securities and net leased properties predominantly in the United States. Colony Credit Real Estate is externally managed by a subsidiary of leading global real estate and investment management firm, Colony Capital, Inc. Colony Credit Real Estate is organized as a Maryland corporation that intends to elect to be taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes for its taxable year ending December 31, 2018. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clncredit.com.
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