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
Nick Radesca serves as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Global Net Lease, the Company’s advisor and the Company’s property manager. Mr. Radesca manages all of the company’s finance and accounting activities. He has held and currently holds management positions for many of the publicly-registered, non-traded companies currently sponsored by AR Global.
Prior to joining the predecessor to AR Global Investments, LLC, the parent of the Company’s sponsor, in December 2012, Mr. Radesca was employed by Solar Capital Management, LLC, from March 2008 to May 2012, where he served as the chief financial officer and corporate secretary for Solar Capital Ltd. and its predecessor company, and Solar Senior Capital Ltd., both of which are publicly traded business development companies. From 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Radesca served as the chief accounting officer at iStar Financial Inc. (“iStar”), a publicly traded commercial REIT, where his responsibilities included overseeing accounting, tax and SEC reporting. Prior to iStar, Mr. Radesca served in various senior accounting and financial reporting roles at Fannie Mae, Del Monte Foods Company, Providian Financial Corporation and Bank of America. Mr. Radesca has more than 20 years of experience in financial reporting and accounting and is a licensed certified public accountant in New York and Virginia. Mr. Radesca holds a B.S. in accounting from the New York Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the California State University, East Bay.
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.