Walter Rakowich, 55, was appointed Friday to the board of directors of
Iron Mountain® Incorporated
(NYSE: IRM), becoming the 12
director for the storage and information management firm.
Rakowich is a former CEO of Prologis (NYSE: PLD), the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, where he worked 18 years before retiring in December 2012.
“We feel very fortunate to add Walt to our board,” said Iron Mountain Chairman Al Verrecchia. “Walt brings invaluable insight as someone who has led a publicly traded, global real estate company. I look forward to working with him.”
Iron Mountain President and CEO William Meaney added: “Walt is a successful executive, who has deep experience in finance, real estate and international markets. We will rely on this experience as we seek to advance our international growth strategy and maximize the value of our large real estate portfolio. We’re honored to have him on our board.”
While at Prologis, Rakowich held a number of senior management positions, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer, before becoming CEO in 2008. He served as the company’s CEO until it merged with AMB Property Corporation in 2011, when he assumed the role of co-CEO and executive director to manage the integration of the two companies. He joined Prologis in 1994 as part of its external management company, focused on M&A and development.
Previously, Rakowich spent nine years as a partner and principal with real estate developer Trammell Crow Company. He began his career as an auditor and tax consultant with Price Waterhouse.
Today Rakowich serves on the board of Host Hotels & Resorts and is a member of its audit committee. Additionally, he sits on the boards of numerous philanthropic and educational organizations in his home state of Colorado. He is the chairman of the board of Colorado Uplift and a member of the executive committee of the Alliance for School Choice in Education (ACE), two nonprofits focused on inner-city education. He also was formerly on the executive committee and board of governors for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the primary industry group for REITs in the United States.