Tribune Names Murray McQueen As President/Real Estate
Experienced Executive Will Oversee Strategic Development of Company’s Valuable Portfolio of Property Assets
CHICAGO, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Tribune Company today announced the appointment of Murray McQueen to the newly created position of President/Real Estate, responsible for the strategic development of the company’s valuable portfolio of more than seven million square feet of real estate assets, including the historic Tribune Tower in Chicago and Times Mirror Square in downtown Los Angeles. He also will oversee the management of all property leasing activities. McQueen assumes his new duties immediately.
“Tribune’s real estate holdings are significant assets for the company and Murray will make sure that we are maximizing their value for our shareholders,” said Peter Liguori, Tribune’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Murray’s real estate savvy will help us manage our properties and maximize their utility, and his extensive experience managing billions of dollars in real estate financings, joint ventures and asset sales will serve to create a vision for our diverse real estate portfolio.”
McQueen was a co-founder and managing partner of Channel West Group, established in 2011 to act as operating partner in principal transactions and perform advisory and asset management work involving complex real estate structures and asset repositioning. The company works across all real estate asset product types and is primarily focused on property in the Western United States. Prior to Channel West, McQueen was a Managing Director at Cerberus Capital, where, from 2005 to 2011, he was responsible for the management and oversight of key portions of the firm’s overall real estate practice. Before Cerberus, McQueen held positions of increasing responsibility at Credit Suisse First Boston/DJL Real Estate and Citicorp Real Estate.
“Tribune has significant scale in real estate and owns truly marquee property in some of the country’s best markets,” said McQueen. “The strategic development of the entire portfolio, the opportunity to grow and maximize the value of these assets is exciting and something I am very much looking forward to doing.”
McQueen earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Santa Clara University in 1983 and his MBA in real estate finance from UCLA in 1989.