RXR Acquisition Corp.
- PropTech, Real Estate, Logistics, Mobility, Financial Services, Technology
Scott Rechler is our Chief Executive Officer and, prior to effectiveness of the registration statement, Chairman and Director nominee . Mr. Rechler is a prominent leader in the real estate industry, with more than 30 years of real estate experience. Mr. Rechler has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR since January 2007. As such, also currently serves as Chairman of the Regional Plan Association, is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, a board member of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a board member of Northwell Healthcare (the largest healthcare provider in NY State), and a member of the NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Committee. In addition, Mr. Rechler serves on the board of many of the region’s top cultural institutions such as the Tribeca Film Institute where he serves as its co-Chairman of the Board, the Long Island Children’s Museum. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Drum Major Institute and as Chairman of the Center for Social Innovation. Mr. Rechler is a graduate of Clark University. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Real Estate at the New York University Schack Institute.
We believe Mr. Rechler’s expertise in real estate and community involved will make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Michael Maturo is our President, Chief Financial Officer and Director nominee . Mr. Maturo has extensive experience in the real estate and general investment industry. Mr. Maturo has served as RXR’s President and through 2019 its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Maturo has oversight responsibility for RXR’s operating activities and all financial, strategic planning, capital markets and investor relations activities, and serves on RXR’s Investment Committee. From 1995 to 2007, Mr. Maturo served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer a member of the Board of Directors at Reckson. In addition, Mr. Maturo serves on a number of outside Boards and Committees including First Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association (LIA), as well as a Member of its Executive Committee and Chairman of its Economic Development Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation of Long Island, Member of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Advisory Board, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Rockville Centre Pension Plan and Member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Maturo was appointed by Governor Cuomo in December 2012 to the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) where he served as Chairman of the Personnel and Compensation Committee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Operations Transition Committee. Mr. Maturo completed his tenure on the LIPA board in January 2014. Mr. Maturo is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and is a CPA.
We believe Mr. Maturo’s expertise in real estate and the general investment industry make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Jason Barnett is our General Counsel and Director . Mr. Barnett has extensive industry experience and general investment experience. Mr. Barnett has served as Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer of RXR since 2007. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Barnett served as Senior Executive Vice President — Corporate Initiatives, General Counsel and Secretary of Reckson, where he was responsible for all legal and compliance matters and corporate initiative related matters. He is a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Real Estate Board of New York and is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. Mr. Barnett also serves on the Board of Trustees of Clark University, in Worcester, MA and as a member of London School of Economics North American Advisory Board. Mr. Barnett earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University, attended the London School of Economics and earned his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.
We believe Mr. Barnett’s expertise in real estate and the general investment industry make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Matthew Boras is our Senior Vice President — Investments . He currently serves as a Senior Vice President on the investments team at RXR and leads the RXR Digital Ventures investment strategy. Mr. Boras joined RXR in October 2018. He is responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing investments in early-stage real estate technology companies. Prior to joining RXR in 2018, Matt was a Vice President in Colony Capital’s Special Situations Group and previously, predecessor NorthStar Asset Management Group, where he focused on private equity and credit investments. Prior to Northstar, he was an Associate Director at Five Mile Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation, consummation and management of real estate investments. Mr. Boras serves as a Vice Chair of the ULI Technology and Innovation Council in New York and served as a member of the Advisory Board for Pencils of Promise from August 2015 to August 2018. He received an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 24.
Richard Florida will serve as our Independent Director . He is one of the world’s leading urbanists. He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management since 2018, and a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate since 2012. He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning The Rise of the Creative Class and his most recent book, The New Urban Crisis. He is co-founder of CityLab, a leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism. He is an entrepreneur, he founded the Creative Class Group in 2002, which works closely with companies and governments worldwide. He received his PhD from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.
We believe Mr. Florida’s extensive research and thought leadership in cities and urbanism will make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson will serve as our Independent Director . She serves as the Vice President, News Programming/Executive Producer of Nick News since October 2020. Prior to that she was a producer on 60 Minutes from January 2005 to October 2020, CBS News Special Events from May 2020 to October 2020 and CBS’s Whistleblower franchise from October 2018 to July 2019. Prior to that she produced NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and FOX-5 Good Day New York. She has also hosted a number of shows and episodes including the “Ethics in Business: In Their Own Words” series and “Ethics Matter.” She is a trustee on the boards of Lycée Français de New York and previously was a trustee of the board of the Center for Social Innovation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Marist College and International Baccalaureate from the United Nations International School.
We believe Ms. Laguerre-Wilkinson’s extensive experience in producing and broadcast television will make her a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Richard Saltzman will serve as our Independent Director . Mr. Saltzman is currently a Senior Advisor and Advisory Board Member at both Ranger Global Real Estate Advisors, an independent SEC-registered investment advisor, a position he has held from March 2019, and Peaceable Street Capital, a provider of participating preferred equity capital to income producing commercial real estate owner/operators, a position he has held from October 2019. Mr. Saltzman has also served on the board of directors of Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM) since 2003 and Equiem Holdings Pty Ltd. since March 2020. He was President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) from April 2015 to November 2018, having initially joined Colony Capital, Inc. in 2003. He has also previously served as Chairman of the board of directors of Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNC) from August 2017 to May 2020. He also served on the board of directors of Northstar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE) from February 2017 to September 2019, including as Chairman from January 2018 to September 2019, and on the board of trustees of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR) from January 2016 to June 2017. Prior to joining Colony, Mr. Saltzman concluded a 24 year career in investment banking specializing primarily in real estate-related businesses and investments. As Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division, he oversaw the firm’s global real estate, hospitality, and restaurant businesses, and was a member of the global investment banking operating committee. At Merrill, he also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Global Investment Banking and had responsibility for the Global Leveraged Finance business. He is also Chairman of the board of directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation. Mr. Saltzman received his Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1977 and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979.
We believe Mr. Saltzman’s more than 41 years of experience in global financial services and the real estate investment business will make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Martin Luther King III will serve as our Independent Director . He has been a director of Forest Road Acquisition Corp. since November 2020. Mr. King, the oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is a celebrated human rights advocate who has devoted his life to promoting civil and global human rights. Since 2006, Mr. King has served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Realizing the Dream, a non-profit organization that continues the humanitarian and liberating work of his parents, through which he has spearheaded nonviolence training in Bosnia Herzegovina, India, Israel and Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and the United States. In 2011, Mr. King co-founded Bounce TV, an African American broadcast network. Mr. King served as the fourth President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1997 to 2004. Since 1997, Mr. King has been Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of MetWest, a mutual fund complex. Mr. King served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, based in Atlanta, and remains a member of its board of directors. In 1986, he was elected to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to represent more than 700,000 Georgia residents. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Morehouse College.
We believe Mr. King’s extensive experience in the broadcast network industry and dedication to human rights advocacy will make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.