Debra A. Cafaro

Chief Executive Officer at Ventas, Inc.

Debra A. Cafaro

Debra A. Cafaro

Chief Executive Officer at Ventas, Inc.

Overview
Career Highlights

Ambassador Apartments, Inc.
Ventas, Inc.
Ventas Capital Corp.

RelSci Relationships

4185

Number of Boards

19

Birthday

1958

Age

61

Number of Awards

12

Relationships
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Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Ventas, Inc.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Ingredion, Inc.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at CDW Corporation

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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Northern Trust Corporation

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President at Henry Crown & Co.

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Managing Partner at DC Partners LLC

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Chief Executive Officer at The Duchossois Group, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Aon Plc

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Co-Founder at Loop Capital Markets LLC

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Vice President, Mid America Chapter at United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

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Debra A. Cafaro
Chief Executive Officer at Ventas, Inc.
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1982

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

BA, magna cum laude
Class of 1979

The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

Memberships
Member
Current

The Business Council is a voluntary association of business leaders whose members meet several times a year for the free exchange of ideas both among themselves and with thought leaders from many sectors. In its most fundamental form, the Council seeks to foster understanding through discussion. It promotes learning, best practice sharing and networking by its members with a view to making a contribution to our society, the global economy and to business generally. Since its founding more than 75 years ago, The Business Council membership has consisted of a group of current or former chief executive officers from a broad range of companies. All major industries are represented among the members of The Business Council. Because schedule demands on senior business executives are extensive, the Council provides an especially valuable opportunity to discuss major subjects in a broader ranging forum than is normally available in the course of business activities. As part of its process, the Council invites leaders in government, politics, academia, science, medicine, technology and other sectors to address the Council and to participate in its discussions. Council members hope that these discussions result in better understanding by their invited guests as well as by the members themselves. Today, the Council meets three times a year in a collegial atmosphere to share and explore ideas.As a gathering of peers from many fields, the Council is entirely an educational and deliberative forum. It never takes positions as an organization and does not advocate any policy or course of action. Individual members sometimes do present their own views in public discussions. But they do so as individuals, rather than as representatives of the Council.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer
1999 - Current

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR), an S&P 500 company, is the leading seniors housing and healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States, with a highly diversified portfolio of over 1,400 seniors housing and healthcare properties in 46 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. Our balanced portfolio of high-quality assets boasts diversification across all key measures – geography, asset type, tenant/manager mix, revenue source and operating model. We are the largest owner of private pay seniors housing properties, and benefit from relationships with over 100 tenants and managers, including industry-leading tenants/managers such as Atria Senior Living Inc., Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE: BKD), Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) and Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE: SRZ). We also have a major national presence in the fast-growing medical office building (MOB) sector, owning or managing nearly 21 million square feet across our two leading platforms: Lillibridge Healthcare Services, Inc., a Ventas company, and Pacific Medical Buildings, our West Coast strategic partner. Almost all of our MOBs are located on campus, aligning us with over 60 leading health systems and hospitals. Our scale, portfolio diversification, best-in-class credit profile and financial strength, taken together, support our mission to deliver superior and reliable returns. From 2001-2011, our compound annual total shareholder return of 23.4% far outpaced both the healthcare REIT and the overall REIT indexes, and our total shareholder return was a remarkable 721.3%. Now, as one of the largest REITs in the United States, we are well positioned with the capital, relationships, management expertise and track record to take advantage of significant growth opportunities in the seniors housing and healthcare real estate industry, and to thrive in our next decade of transformation

Owner
Current

Lemieux Group LP operates as a professional ice hockey team. It is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. The firm also markets sports merchandise, tickets, and collectable ice hockey game items. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Tenure Unconfirmed

Ventas Capital Corp. provides securities issuing services. The firm serves as a co-issuer of debt securities with Ventas Realty LP. Ventas Capital Corp. operates as a subsidiary of Ventas Inc. The company is headquartered in Louisville, KY.

Boards & Committees
Director
2010 - 2010

GGP, Inc. is a holding company. It operates, manages, develops, and acquires retail and other rental properties in regional malls. Its portfolio of regional malls represents a collection of retail properties that are targeted to a range of market sizes and consumer tastes. The company was founded by Matthew Bucksbaum and Martin Bucksbaum in 1954 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Director
1997 - 1998
Chairman
Tenure Unconfirmed

Ventas Capital Corp. provides securities issuing services. The firm serves as a co-issuer of debt securities with Ventas Realty LP. Ventas Capital Corp. operates as a subsidiary of Ventas Inc. The company is headquartered in Louisville, KY.

Member, Board of Directors
2015 - Current

The Trust's purpose is to assist the people of the City of Chicago, the City government and its sister agencies in providing alternative financing and project delivery options for transformative infrastructure projects.

Member, Board of Trustees
Prior - 2014

Ravinia Festival Association provides professional music shows. Its programs include reach programs, teach programs, instrument game, and program for jazz. The company was founded in 1904 and is located in Highland Park, IL.

Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

One of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious organizations, founded in 1911, the Club facilitates strategic relationship development, intellectual exchange and development of future leaders. Through our Global Leaders, Women’s Leadership, Chicago CEO Series and other programming, we bring together business, civic and academic leaders from all industries to discuss strategies that address challenges and opportunities affecting Chicago and the world.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$50K - $100K
2014

DePaul, in common with all universities, is dedicated to teaching, research, and public service. However, in pursuing its own distinctive purposes, among these three fundamental responsibilities this university places highest priority on programs of instruction and learning. All curricula emphasize skills and attitudes that educate students to be lifelong, independent learners. DePaul provides sufficient diversity in curricular offerings, personal advisement, student services, and extracurricular activities to serve students who vary in age, ability, experience, and career interests. Full-time and part-time students are accorded equivalent service and are held to the same academic standards.

$50K +
2013

DePaul, in common with all universities, is dedicated to teaching, research, and public service. However, in pursuing its own distinctive purposes, among these three fundamental responsibilities this university places highest priority on programs of instruction and learning. All curricula emphasize skills and attitudes that educate students to be lifelong, independent learners. DePaul provides sufficient diversity in curricular offerings, personal advisement, student services, and extracurricular activities to serve students who vary in age, ability, experience, and career interests. Full-time and part-time students are accorded equivalent service and are held to the same academic standards.

$25K - $50K
2011

DePaul, in common with all universities, is dedicated to teaching, research, and public service. However, in pursuing its own distinctive purposes, among these three fundamental responsibilities this university places highest priority on programs of instruction and learning. All curricula emphasize skills and attitudes that educate students to be lifelong, independent learners. DePaul provides sufficient diversity in curricular offerings, personal advisement, student services, and extracurricular activities to serve students who vary in age, ability, experience, and career interests. Full-time and part-time students are accorded equivalent service and are held to the same academic standards.

Political Donations
$2,700
2017

Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

Transactions
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Ventas, Inc. raised money in a private placement transaction

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Ventas, Inc. raised money in a private placement transaction

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Ventas, Inc. purchases Provident Senior Living Trust

Investments
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MMAX Investment Partners, Inc. provides investment services. The company was founded by Donn M. Davis, Mark Leschly and William Russell Ramsey in 2016 and is headquartered in McLean, VA.

Public Holdings
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Advisors
Senior Advisor

Former Executive Vice President, Chief Financial & Accounting Officer at Ventas, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Rank #43
2018
Harvard Business Review - 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World
Rank #92
2016
Forbes Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Women
2015
Institutional Investor's All-America Executive Team Best CEOs
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