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Leadership Biographies

Leadership Biographies

E. Nelson Mills

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

As President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Columbia Property Trust, Nelson Mills is responsible for the company's overall strategy, capital transactions, operations, and the performance of its portfolio of investments. Mr. Mills served as an Independent Director on the Columbia Property Trust Board since 2007 before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. In this position, he led the company in the establishment of an internal management team, a substantial repositioning of the portfolio, enhanced and expanded access to more efficient capital resources, and the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and growth strategy for the future.

Mr. Mills has 29 years of experience in the real estate investment and financial services industries. Prior to joining Columbia Property Trust in 2010, he served for five years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, manager and advisor to a series of real estate investment funds serving both institutional and individual investors. In this role, he was responsible for the firm's investment and financial strategy and oversaw the design, formation, investment, and operations of several substantial funds, across multiple asset classes.

Previously, Mr. Mills served as Chief Financial Officer with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments (US), Inc., one of the world's largest institutional investment managers specializing in the acquisition and management of commercial real estate. He began his career in the financial industry as a partner with KPMG LLP, specializing in tax and transaction advisory services for the real estate industry. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia.

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James A. Fleming

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

James A. (Jim) Fleming is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Property Trust (NYSE:CXP), where he is responsible for the company's finance, treasury, investor relations, capital markets and financial reporting functions.

Mr. Fleming has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Columbia in 2013, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Schottenstein Property Group, a national shopping center owner-operator. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE:CUZ), a real estate investment trust. During his ten years with Cousins, he also held the roles of Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary.

Mr. Fleming was a member of the Board of Directors of Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CKEC), a national motion picture exhibitor, from 2009 until it was sold to AMC Theatres in December 2016. On the Carmike board, he served on the Audit Committee, the Compensation and Nominating Committee, and the Executive Committee. He received a B.E.E. from Auburn University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

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David Dowdney

Senior Vice President - Western Region

David Dowdney joined Columbia Property Trust in 2014 as Senior Vice President – Western Region. In this role, he oversees all transaction and investment management activities for the Company in the Western United States. He also manages the Company's regional office, based in San Francisco.

Mr. Dowdney came to Columbia from GE Capital Real Estate, where he spent nearly eight years managing activities for GE's West Coast portfolio, first as Acquisitions Director and then as Western Region Manager, Asset Management. In the latter role, he managed the team of 20 real estate professionals that oversaw all leasing, asset management and capital markets activity for GE's 15 million square foot portfolio of office/R&D buildings in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona.

Prior to his time with GE, Mr. Dowdney spent 10 years leading other asset management and real estate transaction activities, primarily in the Western U.S. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Portfolio Management for Divco West Properties, and earlier, with Jones Lang LaSalle, he was Vice President of JLL's Leasing and Management Group in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and then became Vice President of Corporate Services.

Mr. Dowdney is an active member of both the Urban Land Institute and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP). He also serves on the board of the Northern California Real Estate Council for the City of Hope, a leading research hospital in Los Angeles. He received a B.A. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business.

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Wendy Gill

Senior Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Operations

Wendy Gill is Senior Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer & Corporate Operations for Columbia Property Trust. Ms. Gill oversees the Company's accounting and tax functional areas, including reporting to the SEC, NYSE and Columbia's board of directors and ensuring that internal controls over financial reporting are Sarbanes-Oxley compliant. She is also in charge of the Company's corporate operations, which includes corporate governance, treasury, communications, human resources, shareholder services and information technology.

Ms. Gill has 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance industries. Ms. Gill was appointed to her current position in 2013, as the Company established the its inaugural team in preparation to list its shares on the NYSE. Ms. Gill also served as the Company's interim Principal Financial Officer in 2013. Previously, Ms. Gill served with Wells Real Estate Funds, Columbia Property Trust's predecessor advisory firm, for 11 years in progressive roles until her appointment to Chief Accounting Officer in 2007. Prior to joining Wells Real Estate Funds, she worked for Arthur Andersen as an audit manager in the firm's Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices, with a focus on clients in the real estate, hospitality and financial services industries.

Ms. Gill earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware. She holds the Certified Public Accountant designation from the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy and is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Kevin Hoover

Senior Vice President - Portfolio Management

As Senior Vice President – Portfolio Management for Columbia Property Trust, Kevin Hoover oversees the implementation of the Company's real estate investment strategy. Mr. Hoover works closely with the regional teams in directing the Company's acquisition, finance, and disposition activities, as well as coordinating the asset management, leasing and operations for the portfolio. He also chairs Columbia's Investment Committee and has been serving Columbia since 2004 in various capacities.

Mr. Hoover has nearly 30 years of broad-based commercial real estate experience, including portfolio and investment management, capital transactions, marketing, investment analysis and underwriting, and valuation. Previously, he served as co-head of the Asset Management team for Wells Real Estate Funds and as Portfolio Manager for several of its sponsored real estate products. He also served as a Principal of Equity Portfolio Management for Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and as a Manager of Real Estate Valuation/Advisor Services Practice for Price Waterhouse (predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Mr. Hoover is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, the Appraisal Institute, and the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute. He received a B.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Georgia, graduating Summa Cum Laude as a First Honor Graduate.

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Adam I. Popper

Senior Vice President – Eastern Region

Adam I. Popper joined Columbia Property Trust in 2016 as Senior Vice President – Eastern Region. In this role, he oversees all investment and asset management activities for the Company in the eastern United States, with a primary focus on assets and opportunities in three of the Company's key markets: New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston. He leads the Company's Eastern Region team from the New York corporate office and serves on Columbia's Investment Committee.

Mr. Popper came to Columbia from Westbrook Partners, where, as a managing principal and member of the investment committee, he participated in new partner development, as well as acquisition and value enhancement activities within the U.S. Prior to joining Westbrook in 2013, he served as a senior vice president and director of U.S. office acquisitions for Vornado Realty Trust.

Previously, Mr. Popper served as a managing director of Beacon Capital Partners, leading Beacon's investment strategy in the New York Metropolitan area, and as a senior director of Tishman Speyer Properties, where he led the company's acquisition efforts in the eastern U.S., in addition to earlier transaction-related roles with other New York-based real estate management and investment firms.

Mr. Popper is a member of Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers, and he serves on the executive board of directors for the New York City/Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hamilton College.

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