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Advisory Board, Alumni

Joanne Landau

President and Corporate Director at Kurtsam Realty Corp.
MBA 1984
Joanne  Landau

Since 2000, Ms. Landau has been President of a regional commercial real estate firm, Kurtsam Realty Corp., focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of community shopping centers. She is responsible for sales & marketing, portfolio identification, general operations and “green” practices and has been instrumental in steering the firm back to its management roots and a healthy 35% profit margin. Prior she was Chief Marketing Officer with the investment units of two Fortune 100 firms; Deutsche Asset Management’s $750 billion investment business and Citigroup’s $100 billion private client group. In both instances she applied the rigors of her earlier consumer products expertise to change the business model bringing steady 15% margins to the Deutsche business and growing the asset management business globally to revenues of 30%. Earlier in her career, Ms. Landau held a 5-year assignment in Geneva, Switzerland.

She is currently a director in two privately owned companies focused on real estate.  Ms. Landau served as a Corporate Director for a public company, Hudson Holding Corp (HDHL.OB) for 5 years, which included an investment banking arm focused on energy, alternative energy and natural resources, among others. Transactions included Clear Skies Solar, China Clean Energy and Blue Rock Energy. She serves as Chair of Westchester County’s largest private nature preserve, Teatown Lake Reservation, founded by the New York Botanical Garden in which she has had a leadership role for 15+ years. Additionally Ms. Landau is active in a variety of directorship associations (Women Corporate Directors -WCD, the Financial Women’s Association -FWA), and a variety of non-profit organizations in the educational and environmental arena.

Ms. Landau is a frequent speaker at directorship and business conferences. She was named a Top 100 International Board Candidate for 2011 by Agenda, a Financial Times magazine and a “Director to Watch” for 2008 by Directors & Boards Magazine. She received her Diploma from the University of Geneva, her BSFS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Yale School of Management.