Jefferies Group LLC announced today that MaryAnne Gilmartin has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Ms. Gilmartin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies, a New York-based real estate development company.
Ms. Gilmartin has been point person in the development of some of the most high profile real estate projects in New York City. She led the efforts to build Barclays Center, the new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue and the centerpiece of the $4.9 billion, 22-acre mixed-use Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. Ms. Gilmartin oversaw the development of The New York Times Building, designed by world renowned architect Renzo Piano and the recently opened New York by Gehry, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, designed by award winning architect Frank Gehry. In addition to these projects, Ms. Gilmartin has managed the commercial portfolio at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, which consists of 6.7 million square feet of Class A office space.
Ms. Gilmartin graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University, where she also completed her Masters Degree. Ms. Gilmartin began her real estate development career as a New York City Urban Fellow in 1986 at the Public Development Corporation.
Ms. Gilmartin served for over seven years on the New York City Ballet Advisory Board. Currently, Ms. Gilmartin serves as a Board Trustee for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; a Member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York; an Executive Committee Member of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and as a Member of the Industry Advisory Board of the MS Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University.Richard B. Handler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian P. Friedman, Chairman of the Executive Committee, stated, “We welcome MaryAnne to our Board as an additional independent member and look forward to working with her. MaryAnne’s skills and experience complement those of our other Board members and provide us with an even stronger and more well-balanced Board.”