Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> July 15, 2016

Interview with the President, CEO & Director: Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CXP)

Mills, Nelson
Nelson Mills, as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Columbia Property Trust, Inc., is responsible for the company's overall strategy, capital transactions, operations and the performance of its portfolio of investments. Mr. Mills served as an independent director on the Columbia Property Trust board since 2007 before being named President and CEO in 2010. In this position, he led the company in the establishment of an internal management team, a substantial repositioning of the portfolio, enhanced and expanded access to more efficient capital resources and the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and growth strategy for the future. Mr. Mills has 30 years of experience in the real estate investment and financial services industries. Prior to joining Columbia Property Trust, he served for five years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, manager and adviser to a series of real estate investment funds serving both institutional and individual investors. In this role, he was responsible for the firm's investment and financial strategy and oversaw the design, formation, investment and operations of several substantial funds, across multiple asset classes. Previously, Mr. Mills served as Chief Financial Officer with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments (U.S.), Inc., one of the world's largest institutional investment managers specializing in the acquisition and management of commercial real estate. He began his career in the financial industry as a partner with KPMG LLP, specializing in tax and transaction advisory services for the real estate industry. He received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Georgia. Profile
TWST: Let's start with a bit of company history to familiarize our readers with Columbia Property Trust.

Mr. Mills: Columbia Property Trust was founded in 2004 as