Paul McDowell serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for VEREIT, Inc. He is responsible for all real estate operations, including the company’s asset management, portfolio management, property management, construction management, underwriting, credit analysis and leasing. Mr. McDowell serves on VEREIT’s Investment, Portfolio Management, Asset Allocation and Executive Committees.
Prior to joining VEREIT, Mr. McDowell was a founder of CapLease, a former publicly traded net-lease REIT, where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2014 and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 1994 until 2001. Mr. McDowell served on the CapLease Board of Directors from 2003 to 2014 and was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2007. He served on the Board of Directors of CapLease’s predecessor from 2001 until 2004. He was a member of CapLease’s Investment Committee and the Investment Oversight Committee of the Board of Directors. Prior to his roles at CapLease, Mr. McDowell was Corporate Counsel for Sumitomo Corporation of America, the principal U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest integrated trading companies. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. McDowell was an associate in the corporate department at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennan & Fish LLP.
Mr. McDowell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor with honors from Boston University School of Law.