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Rivard joins Rockefeller Group as senior VP and MD

Institutional and private equity real estate executive John Rivard has joined The Rockefeller Group as senior vice president and managing director, acquisitions and investment, for Rockefeller Group Investment Management (RGIM). Rivard leads RGIM’s acquisitions strategy and execution, working closely with its teams in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

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The Rockefeller Group announced today that veteran institutional and private equity real estate executive John Rivard has joined the firm as Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Acquisitions & Investments, for Rockefeller Group Investment Management (RGIM).
Mr. Rivard leads RGIM’s acquisitions strategy and execution, working closely with its teams in Washington, D.C. and New York City. His primary responsibilities include sourcing, executing and financing investment opportunities on behalf of the company’s U.S.-focused property fund, Rockefeller Group U.S. Premier Office Fund LP, which closed in the summer of 2013 with $500 million in equity commitments, including $250 million of co-investment equity for joint venture acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Rivard will manage separate accounts and JV initiatives.
“John and I have known each other for two decades and throughout that time we’ve had the opportunity to work on various initiatives together,” said Dennis R. Irvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of RGIM. “I’m pleased to be able to continue our collaboration at RGIM, where John’s experience and deep relationships will further enhance our abilities to capitalize on investment opportunities in major markets throughout the United States. He is a terrific addition to our team and will be a great asset to our partners and clients.”
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Group, Mr. Rivard was founder and President of Soundport Capital, which provided asset management services for investors in a 5.5-million-square-foot portfolio of Class A office assets located in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Broadway Partners, where he oversaw all operations and asset management, and prior he was a Partner and the Chief Underwriting Officer at O’Connor Capital Partners, where he oversaw the origination, management and realization of the firm’s opportunistic and private equity investments. Prior to O’Connor, Mr. Rivard was an Investment Officer – Real Estate, for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), one of the nation’s largest pension funds and institutional real estate investors.
Mr. Rivard holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
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The Rockefeller Group is a leading global real estate owner, developer and investment manager. For more than eight decades the company has engaged in some of America’s most significant and recognizable real estate endeavors, beginning with the development of one of the world’s finest urban mixed-use complexes, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Since inception, The Rockefeller Group has developed approximately 40 million square feet of commercial property, including more than 5 million square feet since 2008. Today, the company owns, manages and invests in a diversified portfolio of office and industrial assets in key U.S. urban and select suburban markets, as well as in Europe through the firm’s October 2010 strategic investment in the London-based real estate fund manager Europa Capital. The Rockefeller Group is wholly owned by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., a world leader in real estate development, ownership and investment management.