David E. Simon is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Simon (NYSE:SPG), a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company. Simon's industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
Mr. Simon joined the organization in 1990. In 1993 he led the efforts to take Simon Property Group public with a nearly $1 billion initial public offering that, at the time, was the largest real estate stock offering. Mr. Simon became CEO in 1995. Since that time, he has orchestrated more than $38 billion in strategic acquisitions that, together with ground-up development, have allowed the company to assemble a portfolio of top-tier shopping centers that serve as home to virtually every top retailer.
Before joining the organization, Mr. Simon was a vice president of Wasserstein Perella & Co., a Wall Street firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts.
Mr. Simon is a member and former chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) board of governors and is a former trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has received numerous industry honors, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows. He has been named the top CEO in the real estate industry by Institutional Investor magazine every year from 2009 – 2012 and in 2014 was named by both buy and sell-side analysts as the top performing CEO in the REIT industry and as such became a member of Institutional Investor’s 2014 All-America Executive Team. In 2010, 2013 and again in 2014, the Harvard Business Review recognized him as one of the world’s best-performing CEO’s. In March 2012, Mr. Simon was appointed to the position of Chairman of Klepierre's Supervisory Board. Klepierre is a public retail real estate company, headquartered in Paris that focuses on the ownership, management and development of high-quality shopping centers across Continental Europe. In March 2013, he was recognized as one of the World's Best CEO's by Barron's magazine. Commercial Property Executive named him Retail Property Executive of the Year in December 2015.
Mr. Simon holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.