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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Benjamin Griswold

75 2012 Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Jason Fox

43 2015 President

Mark DeCesaris

57 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Hisham Kader

47 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Mark Goldberg

54 2015 President - Investment Management, Managing Director

Thomas Zacharias

62 2005 Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, Head - Asset Management Department

JOHN PARK

51 2016 Director of Strategy, Capital Markets

Peter Farrell

53 2016 Director

Nathaniel Coolidge

77 2002 Independent Director

Axel Hansing

73 2011 Independent Director

Jean Hoysradt

65 2014 Independent Director

Richard Marston

73 2011 Independent Director

Robert Mittelstaedt

72 2007 Independent Director

Charles Parente

75 2006 Independent Director

Nick van Ommen

69 2011 Independent Director

Mary VanDeWeghe

56 2014 Independent Director

Karsten von Koller

76 2003 Independent Director

Reginald Winssinger

73 1998 Independent Director

Peter Sands

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Benjamin Griswold

Mr. Benjamin H. Griswold, IV, serves as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of W. P. Carey Inc. LLC., effective January 04, 2012. He Griswold is a partner and Chairman of Brown Advisory Inc. ("Brown Advisory"), a Baltimore-based firm providing asset management and strategic advisory services in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining Brown Advisory as senior partner in March 2005, Mr. Griswold had served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. He had served as Senior Chairman of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, the predecessor of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., since the acquisition of Bankers Trust by Deutsche Bank in 1999. Mr. Griswold began his career at Alex. Brown & Sons in 1967, and became a partner of the firm in 1972. He headed the company's research department, equity trading and equity division prior to being elected Vice Chairman of the Board and Director in 1984, and Chairman of the Board in 1987. Upon the acquisition of Alex. Brown by Bankers Trust New York Corporation in 1997, he became Senior Chairman of BT Alex. Brown. Mr. Griswold is a member of the boards of Stanley Black & Decker and Flowers Foods. A former Director of the New York Stock Exchange, he is active in civic affairs in the Baltimore area and serves as an Emeritus Trustee of Johns Hopkins University and heads the endowment board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Griswold received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University and served as a U.S. Army officer.

Jason Fox

Mr. Jason E. Fox serves as President of the Company. Mr. Fox also serves as the Company’s Head of Global Investments, having served in various capacities with increasing responsibilities in the Investment Department since joining the Company in 2002. During his tenure, Mr. Fox has been responsible for sourcing, negotiating and structuring acquisitions on behalf of the Company and its CPA series of non-traded real estate investment trusts (“REITs”). Mr. Fox graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Mark DeCesaris

Mr. Mark J. DeCesaris serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of W. P. Carey Inc. He had served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, CPA:16 – Global and CPA:17 – Global from July 2010 to March 2013, having previously served as Acting Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the Company and CPA:16 – Global since November 2005 and of CPA:17 – Global since October 2007. Mr. DeCesaris had also served as Chief Financial Officer of CPA:18 – Global from September 2012 to March 2013 and as Chief Financial Officer of CWI from March 2008 (and as Chief Administrative Officer from September 2010) to March 2013. He has served on the Board of Managers of Carey Financial, LLC, the Company's broker-dealer subsidiary ("Carey Financial"), since 2006, and as Chairman since May 2013. Prior to joining W. P. Carey, from 2003 to 2004 Mr. DeCesaris was Executive Vice President for Southern Union Company. From 1999 to 2003, he was Senior Vice President for Penn Millers Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurance company, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn Software, a subsidiary of Penn Millers Insurance. From 1994 to 1999, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of System One Solutions, a business consulting firm that he founded. Mr. DeCesaris is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Philadelphia. Mr. DeCesaris graduated from King's College with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Information Technology. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King's College since October 2010 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Petroleum Service Co. and Mountain Productions since 2009 and 2012, respectively, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Hisham Kader

Mr. Hisham A. Kader, CPA, serves as Chief Financial Officer of W. P. Carey Inc. Mr. Kader has served as Chief Accounting Officer of the Company since March 2012 and as its Corporate Controller since June 2011, in addition to serving in various capacities for the Company’s non-traded REITs. Mr. Kader resigned from his position as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer on the same day. Before joining the Company in June 2011, Mr. Kader served as a Director in the Transaction Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). He joined PwC in 1997 in New York and subsequently spent six years at their offices in Sydney and Brussels, during which time he specialized in advisory services focusing on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising transactions, finance effectiveness and accounting standards conversions. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of New York. Mr. Kader holds a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in India, a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Accounting from Pace University.

Mark Goldberg

Mr. Mark M. Goldberg serves as President - Investment Management, Managing Director of W. P. Carey Inc. He has served as President of Carey Financial since April 2008. He has also served on the Board of Managers of Carey Financial since June 2008. Mr. Goldberg has also served as a Managing Director of CPA®:17 – Global since January 2010, CPA®:18 – Global since April 2013, and of CWI since December 2010. Prior to joining W. P. Carey, Mr. Goldberg served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., an independent broker-dealer, part of one of the nation's largest networks of independent advisors, from 2001 to 2006. Prior to his position at Royal Alliance, Mr. Goldberg served, in the same organization, as Executive Vice President of SunAmerica Financial Network, a subsidiary of SunAmerica and the parent company for six national broker-dealers, and as President of a Tokyo-based securities firm, which was an affiliate of the SunAmerica Financial Network, among other positions. Prior to his position in Tokyo, Mr. Goldberg resided in Israel, where he was an active investor in early-stage technology companies and served on the Board of the Jerusalem Institute of Technology. Mr. Goldberg was a founding Director of the Financial Services Institute and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Investment Program Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children. Mr. Goldberg is a General Securities Principal (Series 24) registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, known as FINRA. He received a B.A. in Economics from Yeshiva University and attended graduate studies in finance at Baruch College.

Thomas Zacharias

Mr. Thomas E. Zacharias serves as Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, Head - Asset Management Department of W. P. Carey Inc. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of CPA®:17 – Global since October 2007, as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of CPA®:18 – Global since September 2012 and April 2013, respectively, and as Chief Operating Officer of CWI since September 2010. Mr. Zacharias had also served as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of CPA®:16 – Global from May 2011 through the date of the CPA®:16 Merger, having previously served as President from June 2003 to May 2011. Prior to joining W. P. Carey, Mr. Zacharias was a Senior Vice President of MetroNexus North America, a Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds Enterprise. Prior to joining MetroNexus in 2000, Mr. Zacharias was a Principal at Lend Lease Development U.S., a subsidiary of Lend Lease Corporation, a global real estate investment management company. Between 1981 and 1998 Mr. Zacharias was a senior officer at Corporate Property Investors, which at the time of its merger into Simon Property Group in 1998 was one of the largest private equity REITs in the United States. Mr. Zacharias received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 1979. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and NAREIT.

JOHN PARK

Mr. John J. Park serves as Director of Strategy and Capital Markets of W. P. Carey and each of the Managed REITs since March 2016, after serving in various capacities since joining the Company as an investment analyst in 1987, including most recently as Director of Strategic Planning. Mr. Park received a B.S. in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A in Finance from Stern School of Business at New York University. He also serves as a trustee of the W. P. Carey Foundation.

Peter Farrell

Mr. Peter J. Farrell is Director of the Company. Before joining Medical Office Properties, Mr. Farrell served in various positions at Legg Mason Wood Walker. During his tenure, he served as Vice President of Legg Mason Wood Walker and Managing Director of Legg Mason Realty Advisors, where he was an investment banker overseeing both private and public real estate companies’ efforts to raise private equity in foreign and domestic markets and also advised on debt placements. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Mr. Farrell spent 13 years in commercial real estate leasing and sales at Shannon and Luchs Company and Cassidy and Pinkard Inc. in Washington, DC. During 2004 and 2005, Mr. Farrell served as Director of CRT Properties Inc. and was a member of the Investment, Compensation and Governance Committees. The NYSE-listed REIT was sold and merged into DRA Advisors in 2005. A graduate of Georgetown University, Mr. Farrell serves on boards of several educational institutions and philanthropic organizations.

Nathaniel Coolidge

Mr. Nathaniel S. Coolidge serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Mr. Coolidge, former Senior Vice President of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company ("John Hancock"), retired in 1996 after 23 years of service. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Coolidge headed the John Hancock Bond and Corporate Finance Department, which was responsible for managing its entire fixed income investments and private equity portfolio, after having served as Second Vice President and Senior Investment Officer from 1973 to 1986. Mr. Coolidge joined the New England Merchants National Bank in Boston, Massachusetts in 1964 and served as Commercial Lending Officer from 1966 to 1973. Mr. Coolidge is a graduate of Harvard University and served as a U.S. Naval officer.

Axel Hansing

Mr. Axel K. A. Hansing serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Mr. Hansing is a Partner at Coller Capital, Ltd., a global leader in the private equity secondary market, and is responsible for the origination, execution and monitoring of investments. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2000, Mr. Hansing was Chief Executive Officer of Hansing Associates, a corporate finance boutique, which he founded in 1994. He was previously Managing Director of Equitable Capital Management (New York and London), head of the International Division of Bayerische Hypotheken und Wechsel-Bank in Munich and New York, and spent four years with Merrill Lynch International Banking in London and Hong Kong. Mr. Hansing attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Hansing has served as a member of the Investment Committee since September 2008 and a member of the board of directors of W. P. Carey International LLC ("WPCI," as described below) since December 2008.

Jean Hoysradt

Ms. Jean Hoysradt serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Ms. Hoysradt has served as Chief Investment Officer of Mousse Partners Limited, an investment office based in New York, since April 2001. She served as Senior Vice President and Head of Securities Investment and Treasury at New York Life Insurance Company from 1991 to 2000, and previously held positions in investment banking and investment management at Manufacturers Hanover, First Boston and Equitable Life. A graduate of Duke University, Ms. Hoysradt also holds an M.B.A. from the Columbia University School of Business. She is a member of Duke University Management Company's Board of Directors and Audit Committee.

Richard Marston

Dr. Richard Marston serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Dr. Marston is the James R.F. Guy Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, having joined the faculty of the University in 1972. Dr. Marston holds degrees from Yale College (summa cum laude), Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD) and has been awarded numerous honors, fellowships and grants throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Marston has been a consultant on foreign exchange and international finance to government agencies like the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund and has advised firms such as Citigroup, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley on investment policy. He currently serves as an advisor to several family offices. Dr. Marston has served as a member of the Investment Committee since September 2010 and a member of the board of directors of WPCI since June 2009.

Robert Mittelstaedt

Mr. Robert E. Mittelstaedt, Jr., serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. and Laboratory Corporation of America Inc. Mr. Mittelstaedt served as Dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University from June 2004 to March 2013 and currently serves as Dean Emeritus, after retiring from the University on December 31, 2013. Between 1973 and 2004, he served in numerous positions at The Wharton School, most recently as Vice Dean, Executive Education, and Director of the Aresty Institute of Executive Education. From 1985-1990 he co-founded, developed and sold Intellego, Inc., a company engaged in practice management, systems development and service bureau billing operations in the medical industry. He formerly served as a member of the Boards of Directors of A.G. Simpson Automotive, Inc., Dresser Insurance, Inc., HIP Foundation, Inc. and Intelligent Electronics, Inc. Mr. Mittelstaedt received his B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from Tulane University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Parente

Mr. Charles E. Parente serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Mr. Parente also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc., a diversified holding company whose primary business includes workers' compensation insurance, real estate, anthracite coal mining preparation and sales, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CP Media, LLC, a holding company that owns broadcast television stations. From 1988 through 1993, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of C-TEC Corporation, a telecommunications and high-technology company. From 1970 through 1987, Mr. Parente was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Parente Randolph, LLC (now ParenteBeard LLC), a leading independent accounting and consulting firm in the Northeast United States and among the top 25 in the country. From 1962 through 1970, he was employed at Haskins & Sells, a public accounting firm. Mr. Parente is a member of the Board of Directors of: Sordoni Construction Services, Inc., a commercial construction and real estate development company; Circle Bolt & Nut Co., a distributor of industrial products; and Frank Martz Coach Co. & Subsidiaries, a diversified transportation company. Mr. Parente also served as a Director of Community Bank System, Inc., a bank holding company, and its affiliated bank, Community Bank, N.A., from May 2004 through December 2010. Mr. Parente was a member of the Board of Directors of Bertels Can Company, a private manufacturer of metal cans for the gift industry, from 1993 to 2006. He is active with various civic and community organizations, is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System, Inc. and is a board member of The Luzerne Foundation and King's College, where he also served as Chairman from 1989 through 1998. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated cum laude from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Nick van Ommen

Mr. Nick J. M. van Ommen serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Mr. van Ommen served as Chief Executive Officer of the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) from 2000 to 2008, promoting, developing and representing the European public real estate sector. He has over three decades of financial industry experience, serving in various roles in the banking, venture capital and asset management sectors. Mr. van Ommen currently serves on the supervisory boards of several companies, including VASTNED Retail and Intervest Offices & Warehouses, listed real estate companies in Belgium, and IMMOFINANZ AG, a listed real estate company in Austria. Mr. van Ommen has served as a member of the Investment Committee since September 2008 and a member of the board of directors of WPCI since December 2008. An M.B.A. graduate and a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Mr. van Ommen brings to the Board over 30 years of financial and real estate experience, particularly in Europe.

Mary VanDeWeghe

Ms. Mary M. VanDeWeghe serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc, since April 24, 2014. Ms. VanDeWeghe is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Forte Consulting Inc., a financial and management consulting firm, and a Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Prior to returning to Forte Consulting in 2009, Ms. VanDeWeghe was Senior Vice President of Finance for Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2006 to 2009, where her responsibilities included Corporate Treasury, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investor Relations, Corporate and Competitive Financial Analysis, and Investment Management. From 1996 to 2006, she was Chief Executive Officer and President of Forte Consulting, providing financial and management consulting to corporate and government clients. During that time period, she also served as executive in residence and finance professor at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She began her career in 1983 at J.P. Morgan, where she held positions in corporate finance, capital markets and general management, and rose to the rank of Managing Director. During her tenure at J.P. Morgan, she covered clients in a variety of industries, including chemicals, construction, defense, energy, health care, lodging, media, and telecommunications. Ms. VanDeWeghe has served as a Director of Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services, since its merger with Nalco Holding Company in December 2011 and is a member of its Audit and Finance Committees. She has announced her intention to retire from the Ecolab board prior to its annual meeting of stockholders to be held on May 8, 2014. She served on the board of Nalco Holding Company from 2009 to 2011. She has served on the board of Brown Advisory since 2003. Ms. VanDeWeghe has a B.A. in economics from Smith College and an M.B.A. in finance from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.

Karsten von Koller

Dr. Karsten von Koller serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. He is currently Chairman of Lone Star Germany Acquisitions GmbH. He also serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG and MHB Bank AG. He is also Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Dr. von Köller was Chief Executive Officer of Eurohypo AG until 2003. He was also Chairman of the Board of Management of Allgemeine HypothekenBank Rheinboden AG from December 2005 until December 2006 and then Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of that bank, which was renamed Corealcredit Bank, until March 2014. He was a director of FranconoWest AG, a residential real estate trust in Germany, from August 2007 until May 2008. Dr. von Köller brings to the Board Europe-wide experience in financing commercial real estate transactions as well as international bond market experience.

Reginald Winssinger

Mr. Reginald Winssinger serves as Independent Director of W. P. Carey Inc. Mr. Winssinger is founder and Chairman of National Portfolio, Inc., an Arizona-based firm involved in the acquisition, financing, management and construction of commercial, multi-family, industrial and land development real estate projects. He is the founder and Chairman of RW Partners, LLC, a syndicator, asset manager, and operator of real estate projects in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas, and the Carolinas. He spent ten years at the Winssinger family real estate company, a third-generation Belgian real estate enterprise, before coming to the United States in 1979 to expand their investment activity. Over a 20-year period, he created and managed a $500 million portfolio of U.S. real estate investment for U.S. and European investors. He later formed Horizon Real Estate Group, Inc., doing business as NAI Horizon in Phoenix, Arizona, a full service real estate firm providing brokerage, property management, construction management and real estate consulting services. Mr. Winssinger currently manages multiple companies with real estate investments primarily in Arizona, California and Texas. He is also the Honorary Consul of Belgium to Arizona. He attended the Sorbonne and is an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley.

Peter Sands