Our Executive Team

  • DavidLukes

    President and Chief Executive Officer

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    David Lukes

    David Lukes has served as CEO of Equity One since June of 2014 and as President of Equity One since January 2017. Prior to joining Equity One, he served as President and CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation affiliate Seritage Realty Trust. Mr. Lukes' past experience included serving from 2010 to 2012 as the President and CEO of Mall Properties, Inc., a privately owned real estate firm based in New York. From 2002 to 2010, he worked in various senior management positions at Kimco Realty Corporation, the largest owner and operator of retail shopping centers in North America, including serving as its Chief Operating Officer from November 2008 to April 2010.

    Mr. Lukes holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

  • MichaelMakinen

    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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    Michael Makinen

    Michael Makinen serves as Executive Vice Preseident and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for all operations including the leasing and property management functions.

    Makinen most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Olshan Properties, formerly known as Mall Properties, Inc., a privately owned real estate company with a portfolio of over 16 million square feet of retail, residential and office properties. In his role as COO of Olshan Properties, Mr. Makinen oversaw all aspects of operations, marketing and asset management. Mr. Makinen joined Olshan Properties in 2010 having previously served as the head of real estate and development with several major retailers.

    Makinen graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Geography and holds an MA in Geography from Indiana University Bloomington.

  • Matthew L.Ostrower

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

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    Matthew L. Ostrower Matthew L. Ostrower serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Equity One. Prior to joining Equity One in March 2015, Mr. Ostrower served as Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Morgan Stanley since 2010 and previously served as a Vice President, Executive Director and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley from 2000 to 2008.From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Ostrower was a founding member of the Gerrity Group, a private retail real estate company focused on the management, leasing and disposition of shopping centers, where he was responsible for capital raising and investment strategy.Mr. Ostrower also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust from 2010 to February 2015. Mr. Ostrower holds a dual Masters of Science degree in Real Estate and City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University.Mr. Ostrower is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
  • Aaron M.Kitlowski

    Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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    Aaron M. Kitlowski

    Aaron M. Kitlowski has served as our general counsel and corporate secretary since February 2012, our deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary from March 2011 to January 2012 and a vice president since joining us in March 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Kitlowski served as a Chief Counsel of CIT Group Inc., a finance company, from September 2005 to March 2011. From 1997 to 2000 and again from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Kitlowski was an associate with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, New York. Mr. Kitlowski received a B.A. from Duke University and a Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law.

  • AngieValdes

    Chief Accounting Officer

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    Angie Valdes

    Angie Valdes serves as Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer for Equity One. She is responsible for all company financial matters including accounting, tax and SEC reporting. Ms. Valdes joined Equity One in 2010. Prior to joining Equity One, Ms. Valdes served as Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer for TOUSA, Inc. and spent over eleven years at Ernst & Young LLP in the assurance practice specializing in real estate.

    Ms. Valdes is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor's of Science from the University of Miami where she graduated Cum Laude.

  • William L.Brown

    Executive Vice President of Development

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    William L. Brown

    William L. Brown serves as Executive Vice President of Development responsible for the redevelopment of Serramonte Center as well as additional assets through-out the Equity One portfolio.

    Prior to Equity One, Mr. Brown spent the past ten years with Kimco Realty Corporation in various roles including; President of KDI, its merchant build entity and Senior Vice President of Kimco's redevelopment group. Mr. Brown's past experience also includes senior development positions with Schnitzer Northwest in Seattle and Myers Development in San Francisco.

    Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.

  • TanyaSaffadi

    Vice President and Head of Human Resources

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    Tanya Saffadi

    Tanya Saffadi has served as Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Equity One since September of 2011. Ms. Saffadi serves as advisor and resource on all related organizational development and human resource matters, including organizational design and employee development, recruiting and retaining talent, compensation and benefits, and employee relations. Prior to joining Equity One, she served as Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Ms. Saffadi's past experience includes senior human resource positions at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Cisco Systems, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley.

    Ms. Saffadi holds a Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University, a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.