Debra Cafaro


Debra A. Cafaro

Chairman and CEO
Director since 1999

Key Experience and Qualifications

Ms. Cafaro brings to our Board substantial executive and board leadership. A recognized industry leader, Ms. Cafaro led the transformation of the Company into one of the world’s foremost REITs by setting and overseeing the execution of a long-term strategy that drove the Company’s market capitalization from $0.3 billion since her leadership began in 1999 to $20.2 billion as of December 31, 2023. Under Ms. Cafaro’s leadership, the Company’s annual total shareholder return (TSR) approximated 18% percent for the 24 years ended December 31, 2023. Prior to joining Ventas, Ms. Cafaro was President and a Director of an NYSE-listed multi-family REIT.

Professional Experience

  • Ventas, Inc.
    • Chairman of the Board (since 2003)
    • Chief Executive Officer and director (since 1999)
    • President (1999-2010)
  • Director, Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) (2007-2016)
  • President and Director, Ambassador Apartments, Inc. (NYSE: AAH), a multifamily REIT (1997-1999)

Private Boards and Community Service

  • Immediate past Chair, Real Estate Roundtable
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors of The Economic Club of Chicago
  • Advisory Board Member, Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government
  • Member, Civic Committee and the Commercial Club of Chicago
  • Former Chair of the Executive Board, and former co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit)

Other Current Public Company Directorships

  • PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) (since 2017)


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