Eric M. Russell has been appointed as our Chief Financial Officer and Vice President as of February 2015. Mr. Russell previously served as a Director and Controller, Real Estate Fund Finance, Americas, DWS since 2000. During his tenure, Mr. Russell presided over a large separate account and a private REIT. Prior to joining RREEF Real Estate, Mr. Russell served as an Accounting Manager and Assistant Controller at iStar Financial, Inc., a publicly traded REIT, from 1996 to 2000. From 1994 to 1996, he worked as a Controller at Sierra National Home Warranty Corporation, a publicly traded company. Mr. Russell served as a Senior Auditor at Grant Thornton LLP from 1992 to 1994 and a Staff Auditor from 1991 to 1992. Mr. Russell holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis.