Chief Executive Officer and President
James L. Nelson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President and as a director of Global Net Lease. Mr. Nelson has served as a director of Icahn Enterprises GP since June 2001 and is a member of the audit committee. Mr. Nelson has served as a director and a member of the audit committee of Herbalife Ltd. since April 2014. Mr. Nelson has served as a director and member of the compensation, governance and strategic alternatives committees of Voltari Corporation (f/k/a Motricity Inc.) from June 2011 until September 2015, and from January 2012 until September 2015, he served as chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Nelson served as an independent director of New York REIT, Inc. from November 2015 until June 2017. Mr. Nelson served as a director of Single Touch Systems, Inc., a technology based mobile media solutions provider, from May 2013 through April 2014. From April 2014 to August 2014, Mr. Nelson served as a director of Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation, a vertically integrated, technology-focused media company. From December 2003 until June 2007 Mr. Nelson served as a director and member of the audit committee of American Entertainment Properties Corp. (“AEP”). From May 2005 until November 2007, Mr. Nelson served as a director and member of the audit committee of Atlantic Coast Entertainment Holdings, Inc. From 1986 until 2009, Mr. Nelson was chairman and chief executive officer of Eaglescliff Corporation, a specialty investment banking, consulting and wealth management company. From March 1998 through 2003, Mr. Nelson was chairman and chief executive officer of Orbit Aviation, Inc., a company engaged in the acquisition and completion of Boeing Business Jets for private and corporate clients. From August 1995 until July 1999, Mr. Nelson was chief executive officer and co-chairman of Orbitex Management, Inc., a financial services company in the mutual fund sector. From August 1995 until March 2001, he was on the Board of Orbitex Financial Services Group. From April 2003 through April 2010, Mr. Nelson served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of the Viskase Companies INC., a food packaging company. From January 2008 through June 2008, Mr. Nelson served as a director and member of the audit committee of Shuffle Master, Inc., a gaming manufacturing company. From March 2008 until March 2010, Mr. Nelson was a director and served on the audit committee of Pacific Energy Resources Ltd., an energy producer. From April 2008 until November 2012 Mr. Nelson served as a director and as chairman of the audit committee of Cequel Communications, an owner and operator of a large cable television system. From March 2010 to May 2014 Mr. Nelson served as a director and member of the audit committee of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises L.P. From April 2010 to November 2013, Mr. Nelson served as a director and member of the audit committee of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., a global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software products.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
Mr. Masterson joined AR Global Investments, LLC, the parent of the Advisor, in February 2013 and served in various accounting roles, including as chief accounting officer for the Company from September 2017 to October 2017, as chief accounting officer for American Finance Trust, Inc. from December 2016 to October 2017, as chief accounting officer for American Realty Capital – Retail Centers of America, Inc. from December 2016 to February 2017, as controller for Business Development Corporation of America from February 2013 to March 2016, and as controller for Realty Finance Trust, Inc. from March 2016 to September 2016. Mr. Masterson also previously served as chief financial officer of BDCA Adviser II LLC from November 2016 through June 2017. From October 2006 to February 2013, Mr. Masterson worked at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he most recently served as a vice president in the Merchant Banking Division Controllers team. From August 2004 until October 2006, Mr. Masterson worked as an auditor at KPMG LLP. Mr. Masterson is a certified public accountant in New York State, holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from New York University. Mr. Masterson, as an executive officer of the Company, the Advisor and the Property Manager, may be deemed to have a material interest in transactions involving the Company and the Advisor or the Property Manager reported under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K and described in the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the (“SEC”) on March 28, 2017.
Executive Vice President, Acquisitions
Jason Slear serves as Executive Vice President and leads the acquisitions group for the Company
Prior to joining GNL, Mr. Slear was responsible for sourcing and closing more than 3.5B in single tenant net leased transaction for various non-traded REITs
Mr. Slear has served as key member of many M&A transactions which include underwriting, evaluating and strategic deployment of assets
Vice President, Investments
Brian Mansouri has been a member of the investment team for the Company’s advisor since March of 2012. He currently serves as Vice President of Investments
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mansouri was an analyst at GE Capital Real Estate
Senior Vice President & US Counsel
Akomea Poku-Kankam serves as Senior Vice President and US Counsel, overseeing the legal aspects of acquisition, ownership, management and financing of all US properties in GNL, including closings, mortgage and portfolio financing, leasing and property management
17 years of experience representing developers, landlords, lenders and servicers in real estate development, leasing, acquisition, disposition, management and finance
Managed billions of dollars in acquisitions for various REIT products
Senior Vice President & European Counsel
Jacqui Shimmin serves as Senior Vice President and European Counsel, overseeing European acquisitions and property management while interfacing with the GNL team in New York
Previously a senior lawyer at Weil, Gotshal and Manges and in-house at Westfield in London, UK
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Brian Spiewak serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Company
Previously, Mr. Spiewak was a capital markets pricing analyst at Capmark Finance, Inc.