Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> January 19, 2009
Drew Alexander – Weingarten Realty Investors (wri)
DREW ALEXANDER is President and CEO of Weingarten Realty Investors. Mr.
Alexander graduated from the University of Texas (Austin) with highest honors,
majoring in real estate. He joined WRI in 1978 as a Leasing Executive in the
Retail Division. He was appointed Director of the Industrial Division in 1982,
and was made Vice President of WRI in 1984. In 1985, Mr. Alexander was promoted
to Director of Leasing and was named Senior Vice President in 1990. In 1995, he
was appointed President of Weingarten Realty Management Company while still
serving as Senior Vice President for WRI. He was named President of WRI in 1997
and was appointed the company's Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Mr. Alexander
is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations. He serves as a
Director of Weingarten Realty Investors, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Inc., the
Houston region of JPMorgan/Chase & Co., The Texas Medical Center and The Greater
Houston Partnership. Civic interests include serving on the Boards of Rebuilding
Together Houston, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast and the Houston Food Bank.
Further, he is a member of several committees at Congregation Emanu El and the
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. He has previously served on a number of
Boards including Houston Achievement Place and The Gladney Center. He also
serves on the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
and is a Trustee and past Chairman of The International Council of Shopping
TWST: May we start with a short overview and history of your company?
Mr. Alexander: Our company grew out of a regional supermarket company that was