Robert F. Probst
ROBERT (BOB) F. PROBST is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ventas, an S&P 500 company and leading real estate investment trust that serves as the primary capital provider to leading healthcare companies and owns approximately 1,300 healthcare, life science and senior living properties in North America and the United Kingdom.
As a member of the Ventas executive leadership team, Probst plays a key role in all aspects of finance, accounting, IT, strategy and investor relations, as well as leading the Senior Housing Asset Management portfolio which represents approximately half of the Company’s net operating income. His focus is on providing clear growth strategies, consistent execution, development of an entrepreneurial culture, and the infusion of top talent to Ventas.
Probst joined Ventas in 2014 after a career spanning a wide variety of business, financial and geographic roles in publicly-traded Corporations. Immediately prior to joining Ventas, Probst served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Beam, Inc., where he was a key player in establishing the former unit of Fortune Brands as a standalone publicly-traded spirits company in 2011. He served as Vice President of Finance, Strategy and M&A for Baxter International, Inc.’s largest business division, Medication Delivery, and spent eight years with UK-based Diageo PLC, most recently as its Chief Financial Officer, Global Supply in London, England. His early career in finance began with roles at The Pillsbury Company and as a Commercial Lending Officer with The Northern Trust Bank. In 2017, Probst was named as a finalist for the 2017 FEI Chicago CFO of the Year.
Probst serves on the boards of the Argentum, the nation’s largest senior living association; the Chicago Botanic Garden; and Camp Kesem, a nationwide community that supports children who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Duke University Financial Economics program. Probst earned his B.A. degree with honors in Economics from Duke University and received his M.B.A. degree with highest honors in Finance and Accounting from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.