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Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Jeff Gronning serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Columbia Property Trust. He is responsible for directing the overall investment strategies, capital transactions and financings for the company, and serves on Columbia’s Investment Committee.

Mr. Gronning came to Columbia in 2020 from Normandy Real Estate Partners, where he was a Partner of Normandy and co-founder of the Normandy Real Estate Funds. During his 15-year tenure at Normandy, Mr. Gronning co-led the growth of this vertically integrated real estate private equity firm, including the formation of five institutional real estate funds, related joint ventures, and the management of a portfolio totaling of over 14 million square feet of property and over $3.5 billion of assets under management.

Prior to Normandy, Mr. Gronning held the position of Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley’s real estate investing division. During his 12 years at Morgan Stanley, he was responsible for the financial management of a $13 billion asset portfolio that served more than 100 clients. Before Morgan Stanley, Mr. Gronning was employed by the accounting and consulting firm PWC for three years.

Mr. Gronning, a Certified Public Accountant, earned his bachelor’s degree in Business/Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University.


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