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Martin Cohen is Chairman of Cohen & Steers. Prior to co-founding the firm in 1986 with Robert Steers, Mr. Cohen was a senior vice president and portfolio manager at National Securities and Research Corporation from 1984 to 1986, where, in 1985, he and Mr. Steers organized and managed the nation’s first real estate securities mutual fund. From 1976 to 1981, Mr. Cohen was a vice president at Citibank, where, in 1980, he organized and managed the Citibank Real Estate Stock Fund. Mr. Cohen has a BS degree from The City College of New York and an MBA degree from New York University. He has also served as a member of the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Robert H. Steers is CEO of Cohen & Steers. Prior to co-founding the firm in 1986 with Martin Cohen, Mr. Steers was a senior vice president and chief investment officer of National Securities and Research Corporation from 1982 to 1986, where, in 1985, he and Mr. Cohen organized and managed the nation’s first real estate securities mutual fund. From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Steers was a vice president at Citibank, serving as an analyst and portfolio manager of Citibank’s Emerging Growth Stock Fund. Mr. Steers has a BS degree from Georgetown University and an MBA degree from George Washington University. Mr. Steers is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Staff Retirement Plan of the International Monetary Fund and serves as Investment Committee Chairman, Georgetown University. 

Peter L. Rhein has been a general partner of Sarlot and Rhein, a real estate investment partnership, since 1967, and co-managing member of BBC Properties, LLC, a real estate investment company, since 2001. From 1970 until 1984, he was employed in various capacities by Wells Fargo Realty Advisors and its affiliates. From 1976 until 1984, he was vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Wells Fargo Mortgage and Equity Trust, a real estate investment trust. Mr. Rhein serves on the board of directors and is a member of the audit committee and long range planning committee of HCP, Inc. Mr. Rhein has a BS degree in accounting from Claremont McKenna College and is a certified public accountant.

Richard P. Simon retired from Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 2004. From 1978 until his retirement, he was employed in various capacities by Goldman Sachs, most recently as a managing director. Between 1990 and 2002, Mr. Simon coordinated the Goldman Sachs global media, publishing, advertising, broadcasting, and cable research and served as a managing director from 1996 until his retirement. Prior to retiring from Goldman Sachs, Mr. Simon also mentored analysts and was deputy director of research. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Visions, a not-for-profit organization for the visually impaired and blind. Mr. Simon has a BA degree in accounting from the University of Toledo and an MBA degree from New York University.

Edmond D. Villani served as vice chairman of Deutsche Asset Management, North America until December 31, 2005. Between 1997 and 2002 he was chief executive officer of Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Inc. and its successor entities. He currently serves on the boards of directors of SCS Hedged Opportunities Funds, three privately offered registered investment companies. He also serves on the boards of Fundamental Holding Ltd (chair) and Fundamental Corporate Credit Ltd (chair), investment management firms based in Jersey. In addition, he is the former chairman of the board of Georgetown University and a former trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he served as chair of the investment committee.  Mr. Villani has a BA degree in mathematics from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Frank T. Connor is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Textron Inc. Prior to joining Textron in August 2009, Mr. Connor was managing director and head of telecom investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 2003 to 2008. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer of telecom, technology and media investment banking at Goldman Sachs from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Connor joined the corporate finance department at Goldman Sachs in 1986 and became a vice president in 1990 and a managing director in 1996. He also serves as a director of FM Global, a Rhode Island headquartered mutual insurance company. Mr. Connor has a BA degree in business from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

Reena Aggarwal is the Vice Provost for Faculty at Georgetown University. In addition, she serves as a Professor of Finance and the Director of the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Dr. Aggarwal has been on the faculty of Georgetown University since 1986 and has held various positions. She has written extensively on capital raising, IPOs, institutional investors, private equity, valuation, global financial markets, securities market regulation, stock exchange structure, and corporate governance. She has received several research awards including the 2015 BlackRock-National Association of Corporate Directors Global Challenge for Innovation in Corporate Governance Award. Dr. Aggarwal also serves on the Board of FBR & Co. and IndexIQ. She received a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland and a Master of Management Studies from BITS, India.

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Individuals may contact the Board, its committees, or any individual director or group of directors by regular mail or e-mail. Correspondence should be sent by regular mail to c/o Cohen & Steers, Inc., 280 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017 or by e-mail to boardcommunications@cohenandsteers.com.

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