Executives

Robert S. Taubman

Robert S. Taubman
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert S. Taubman is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers, Inc.  He joined the Taubman organization in 1976, was elected executive vice president in 1984, chief operating officer in 1988, president and chief executive officer in 1990 and chairman in 2001.  He has headed Taubman Centers and served on its board of directors since the company's initial public offering in 1992.  

Mr. Taubman is a member of the board of directors of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) and Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BID).  He is chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C., and serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).  He is a member and past trustee of the Urban Land Institute and founding chairman of ULI’s Detroit Regional District Council.  He is also a member and past trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Among his many civic and charitable commitments, Mr. Taubman serves as a member of the board of directors of Business Leaders for Michigan and Beaumont Hospitals and as a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community, where he is chairman of the audit committee.  He is a member of the board of directors of SEMCOG (Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments) and an advising member of the University of Michigan Investment Committee.  He is also a past trustee of The Skillman Foundation.

Mr. Taubman holds a B.S. degree in economics from Boston University.

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Lisa A. Payne

Lisa A. Payne
Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer

Lisa A. Payne is vice chairman and chief financial officer of Taubman Centers, Inc.  She also serves on the board of directors of the company.  

Ms. Payne joined the company in 1997 from her position as vice president of Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division.  Her 10 years of service with Goldman Sachs included broad real estate experience in the areas of acquisition and development financing, merger and acquisition advisories,
as well as public and private debt and equity offerings.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs she was a vice president in Chemical Bank's real estate department.

Ms. Payne is a member of the board of directors of Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS), a trustee of the Munder Funds, and serves on the board of trustees for Cranbrook Educational Community where she chairs the finance committee.  She is also on the board of The Henry Ford and CARE House, an organization serving the needs of neglected and abused children in Oakland County.

She is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Ms. Payne is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business Administration.

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William S. Taubman

William S. Taubman
Chief Operating Officer

William S. Taubman is chief operating officer of Taubman Centers, Inc.  He is responsible for development, acquisitions, operations and leasing.  Mr. Taubman also serves as a director of the company.  

Mr. Taubman joined the company in 1986 from Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. in New York, where he was a financial analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions.  He is a graduate of Brown University where he received a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Russian Studies.  He also holds a master's degree in Philosophy from Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.  

Mr. Taubman is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).  He is Chairman of New Detroit, an organization dedicated to improving race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area, serves on the board of Governors for the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and is past Chairman of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Denise A. Anton

Denise A. Anton
Senior Vice President, Center Operations

Denise Anton is senior vice president for center operations. She joined The Taubman Company in 1988 as director of advertising, served as vice president and then senior vice president of marketing before assuming her present position in 1997.  In her current capacity, she leads center and central operations, marketing, sponsorship and tenant coordination.

Before joining Taubman, she spent seven years in a variety of executive positions, including executive vice president of Anton’s Men’s Apparel before Hart Marx purchased the company in 1988.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Ms. Anton’s education included studies abroad at Université de Clermont Ferrand in France, La Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and Phillips Exeter Academy’s School Year Abroad in Barcelona.  She also completed a teaching internship in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

Ms. Anton serves as a trustee for the Cranbrook Educational Community and she is a member of the Board of Governors for the Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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Esther R. Blum

Esther R. Blum
Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

Esther R. Blum serves as Taubman Centers’ senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer.  Prior to joining the company in 1986 she was an audit manager with the accounting firm Touche Ross & Co.  She assumed her current Taubman responsibilities in 1998.

Ms. Blum, a certified public accountant, earned both her undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and is an emeritus member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’ Best Financial Practices Council.

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Jong Chow

Jong Chow
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Research

Jong Chow is senior vice president of strategy and research for The Taubman Company. Since joining Taubman in 2007, Mr. Chow has directed strategy and research, serving as chief strategy officer and a member of the company’s core leadership team since 2009.

Prior to joining Taubman, Mr. Chow was managing director of FTI Helios, the strategy arm of an economic consulting company. In this role he advised Taubman on numerous strategic initiatives, including formulating the approach to customer knowledge; redefining the marketing and sponsorship strategy; developing the tenant net revenue program, and reviewing the company’s development strategy. His experience also includes serving Fortune 500 clientele for
Booz & Company, and as a consultant to the IRS he received the Commissioner’s Award for leading a team in the agency’s modernization effort.

Mr. Chow earned his Ph.D. from the College of Engineering at Cornell University, and he also holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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Chris B. Heaphy

Chris B. Heaphy
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Chris B. Heaphy is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Taubman Company.  His expertise includes transaction-oriented real estate and general corporate law.

Prior to joining Taubman in June 2005, Mr. Heaphy was a partner in the real estate departments of law firms Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, and Miro Weiner & Kramer, where he worked for 18 years.   
    
Mr. Heaphy holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University’s College of Business and received his law degree from Wayne State University, where he graduated cum laude and was named to the Order of the Coif law school honor society.
    
He a member of the State Bar of Michigan and formerly served on the board of directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

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David S. Joseph II

David S. Joseph II
Senior Vice President, Leasing

Mr. Joseph brings extensive commercial real estate experience to the post. Before joining Taubman, he spent 12 years at Walton Street Capital, where most recently as principal he was responsible for identifying retail acquisitions and the overall strategic management of Walton’s retail properties.  Prior to that, he served as vice president of leasing for Urban Retail Properties in Chicago and as a leasing associate at Faison Associates in Charlotte, N.C.

An advisory board member of the University of Wisconsin Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Mr. Joseph is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He holds a master of science degree in real estate from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of science in business administration from Saint Louis University.

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Stephen J. Kieras

Stephen J. Kieras
Senior Vice President, Development

Stephen J. Kieras is senior vice president, development. Mr. Kieras, a 22-year veteran of The Taubman Company’s development department, heads the company’s real estate development function.

Kieras graduated from Northwestern University where he majored in environmental engineering. Later, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He gained six years experience at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and nine years of experience developing a variety of commercial, residential and resort projects before joining the Taubman organization in 1990 as director, development. Kieras was named vice president, development in 1998 and was promoted to group vice president, development in 2001.  He assumed his current position in 2004.

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Simon J. Leopold

Simon J. Leopold
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Treasurer

Simon J. Leopold serves as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Treasurer of the Taubman Company.  In this role, Mr. Leopold has responsibility for the Company’s capital markets and financing activities, corporate tax and treasury functions, as well as real estate acquisitions and dispositions.
 
Prior to joining Taubman, Mr. Leopold spent 13 years as an investment banker, where he served as managing director in the real estate investment banking groups at Deutsche Bank, KBW and UBS.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Leopold worked in New York City government in a variety of urban planning and economic development positions in the Office of the Mayor, Department of City Planning and the city’s Economic Development Corporation.
 
Mr. Leopold holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.  He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.

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Rene Tremblay

Rene Tremblay
President, Taubman Asia

René Tremblay leads Taubman Asia, the Asian arm of Taubman Centers, a leader in the shopping center industry. As President, Tremblay is responsible for driving Taubman’s shopping center expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

Appointed to his current role in October 2010, Tremblay has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, having been involved in international investment for almost 20 years.  

Formerly, he served as executive vice president, real estate and president of the real estate group of Caisse de dépot et de placement du Québec, one of the ten largest real estate portfolios in the world. Prior to that, as president and CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge from 1995 to 2009, he oversaw the acquisition and integration of Cambridge Shopping Centres, and developed and executed a successful strategy of major international expansion in markets such as Brazil, Poland, France, Scotland, Spain and China.  

Previous work experience also includes Simpson-Sears, Campeau Corp., Westcliff Group, SITQ Immobilier and Cadim International. Tremblay served as worldwide chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers from  2007 to 2008.

René Tremblay has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Université Laval in Québec City. In 2008, he received a Hermès career achievement award from Université Laval.

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