Morgan Stanley Appoints Real Estate Veteran John R. Klopp as Head of Americas Real Estate Investing and Global Real Estate Debt Investing

New York —

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced the appointment of John R. Klopp as Head of Americas Real Estate Investing and Global Real Estate Debt Investing.  Mr. Klopp will start his new role effective February 1.

Mr. Klopp, 55, has over 30 years of real estate experience and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Capital Trust Inc., (NYSE: CT), a publicly traded investment management and real estate finance company.  Prior to co-founding Capital Trust with Sam Zell in 1997, Mr. Klopp was a founder and managing partner of Victor Capital Group, L.P., a private merchant banking boutique that specialized in workouts and distressed debt investing.  Previously, Mr. Klopp started Chemical Realty Corporation, Chemical Bank's real estate investment banking unit, where he served as managing director and co-head.  In his role at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Klopp will report to Jay Mantz, Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing.

"We are thrilled to have someone with John's depth of experience and accomplishments join our leadership team," said Owen Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing.  "His proven management and investment skills, combined with his long-standing client relationships and strong track record in the real estate industry, make him ideally suited to help drive Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing forward."

Mr. Klopp said, "Morgan Stanley is a clear leader in real estate investment management, with unparalleled global resources, multiple products and a highly experienced team in place.  I look forward to partnering with this team to build on the Firm's achievements and capitalize on what we believe are significant opportunities ahead."

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing is one of the largest real estate investment managers globally. Since 1991, it has acquired $173.7 billion of real estate assets worldwide and currently manages $59.5 billion in real estate assets on behalf of its clients.  For more information about Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, please visit www.morganstanley.com/realestate.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.  The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 36 countries.  For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

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John R. Klopp Biography

Professional

  • Capital Trust, Inc., 1997-2009, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer 
  • Victor Capital Group, L.P., 1989-1997, Founder, Managing Partner
  • Chemical Realty Corporation, 1981-1989, Managing Director, Co-Head
  • Chemical Bank, 1978-1981

 Education

  • Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, BA, Economics
  • The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, MBA, Finance/Real Estate

 Associations

  • Columbia Business School Real Estate Advisory Committee, Chair
  • Pension Real Estate Association
  • Commercial Mortgage Securitization Association
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

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