Chief Executive Officer & Director
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Property Trust, Nelson Mills is responsible for the Company’s overall strategy, capital allocation, operations, and the performance of its portfolio of investments. Mr. Mills also serves as a director on the Columbia Board.
Mr. Mills has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate investment and financial services industries. Prior to joining Columbia in 2010, he served for five years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, managing and advising a series of real estate investment funds serving both institutional and individual investors. In this role, he was responsible for the firm’s investment and financial strategy and oversaw the design, formation, investment, and operations of several substantial funds across multiple asset classes.
Previously, Mr. Mills served as Chief Financial Officer with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments (US), Inc., one of the world’s largest institutional investment managers specializing in the acquisition and management of commercial real estate. He began his career in the financial industry as a partner with KPMG LLP, specializing in tax and transaction advisory services for the real estate industry. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Mills served as a member of the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors for 2018 and 2019 and is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable.