Brian Ross joins Starwood Retail Partners as SVP of leasing

Starwood Retail Partners (SRP), the retail operating platform formed by private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, has named Brian Ross senior vice president of leasing. In his new position, Ross will be responsible for the management of SRP’s leasing team, all retail leasing and business development, as well as the strategic planning for all property merchandising, approval of lease transactions, tenant allowance capital and oversight of third-party brokers.

“Brian has a broad skill set in both malls and power centers, making him ideally suited to undertake the task of evolving our shopping centers,” said Vince Corno, who was recently elevated to COO at the Chicago-based Starwood Retail.

Ross is an accomplished industry professional having spent the last three years as vice president of leasing and development at Brookfield Properties Retail heading up big box leasing and development for Brookfield’s east region. In this capacity, he has excelled in finding creative ways to backfill vacant anchor and mall space in Brookfield’s vast mall portfolio. Prior to Brookfield, Brian spent ten years at DDR (now SITE Centers) where he quickly rose from DDR’s prestigious management trainee program to vice president of leasing – national accounts, including stints in portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions and anchor store leasing.