Kenneth Wong named joint chief operating officer of Westfield America; Dimitri Vazelakis appointed chief operating officer, global design and construction
11 March 2003
Countries: United States
KENNETH WONG NAMED JOINT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF WESTFIELD AMERICA; DIMITRI VAZELAKIS APPOINTED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, GLOBAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
11 March 2003
Los Angeles, California, March 11, 2003 – Westfield America officials today announced that Kenneth P. Wong has been named Joint Chief Operating Officer, responsible for directing the company’s U.S. development and redevelopment projects.
Wong joins Westfield from The Related Companies of New York, where he was Partner and managed all facets of large-scale, urban mixed-use development projects in the western United States. Prior, Wong served nine years with The Walt Disney Company where he held a number of key executive positions including President of the Disney Development Company and President of Walt Disney Imagineering, with global responsibility for the design, development and construction of all theme parks, rides and attractions, hotel, retail/dining/ entertainment and corporate real estate assets. During his tenure with Disney, Wong oversaw the largest development program in the company’s history, including significant expansion in Anaheim, California, Orlando, Florida, Tokyo and Paris. Following Disney, Wong served as chairman and CEO of POP.com LLC, an Internet entertainment venture founded by Imagine Entertainment, Dreamworks and Paul Allen. Earlier in his career, he was Executive Vice President of Himmel/Miller-Klutznick-Davis-Gray Co. of Boston, a private real estate partnership. He also held management positions with the Gerald D. Hines companies.
U.S. Joint Chief Operating Officer Dimitri Vazelakis has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, Global Design and Construction, and will continue to be based in Los Angeles. In this new role, Vazelakis becomes responsible for directing global design, construction and scheduling for Westfield’s portfolio of more than 100 major retail properties in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Westfield’s current development pipeline is in excess of $6.5 billion.
John Schroder will continue as Joint Chief Operating Officer in the U.S. with responsibility for all operations, leasing, management and marketing components of the business.
“With the increasing globalization of our business, recruiting and retaining the very best executives is one of the highest priorities for the company,” said Westfield America’s CEO Peter Lowy. “We wanted to attract a proven executive whose experience would complement and enhance our own, and Ken brings tremendous knowledge, vision and leadership to the table. He joins a powerful team of senior executives with the management skills and talent to lead a truly global business,” Lowy said.
Westfield America, Inc. is the United States subsidiary of Westfield America Trust (ASX: WFA), the second-largest property trust listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. WFA owns a majority interest in the Westfield America portfolio of 63 centers, branded as Westfield Shoppingtowns. Westfield Shoppingtowns are home to more than 8,400 specialty stores and encompass 64 million square feet in the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington.