Cottonwood Group Expands Senior Leadership
Cottonwood Group (Cottonwood), a private equity real estate investment firm, announced today that Mark Green has joined the firm as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer (CIO), and Jeffrey Horowitz has been promoted to Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Cottonwood founder and CEO Alexander Shing made the announcement.
“Cottonwood is expanding its leadership team at a time when the firm is executing on equity and debt opportunities and providing our investors with exceptional absolute returns within our open- ended Founders Fund,” said Shing. “As such, Cottonwood is poised for strategic growth and expansion with these two experienced investment professionals who will help us achieve our aggressive growth goals in the years ahead.”
As Chief Investment Officer, Green will oversee all aspects of the firm’s investment platform, ranging from overall strategy through implementation, including supporting the growth and development of its investment teams.
“Mark is a seasoned investor with an extensive understanding of the capital markets. His experience and breadth of relationships will create significant investment opportunities as we further expand our platform. He has the right combination of investment discipline and passion for innovation that is so critical to our investment process,” said Shing.
“Having known the Cottonwood team for over six years, I am very excited about joining and working alongside them,” said Green. “This is a tremendous opportunity to help further grow a highly respected real estate investment platform.”
Green has over 22 years of real estate investing experience across public and private markets spanning several business cycles. Previously, Mark was the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Chatham Road Capital, a real estate credit-focused investment firm he co-founded that
focused on market imbalances and inefficiencies in the public and private markets. Prior to the formation of Chatham Road Capital, Mark served as a Managing Director at Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE: JEF), where he managed real estate principal, credit and special situation investment activities. He was also integral in the formation of Jefferies LoanCore, LLC, a broad-based finance company, that originated commercial real estate debt-related products throughout the US and UK. Green holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Skidmore College where today he serves as a member of Skidmore College’s endowment fund’s investment committee.
Jeffrey Horowitz has been promoted to Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. Horowitz will lead the firm’s infrastructure build-out and provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to effectively support Cottonwood’s investment objectives and strategic initiatives. In addition to his role as COO, Jeff will remain active in executing special situations investment opportunities aligned with Cottonwood’s absolute return strategy.
“Jeff is uniquely suited to understand and solve the challenges we face as a growing organization given his intimate knowledge of our processes and the breadth of investments he has executed for Cottonwood over the last several years,” said Shing. “He has earned the respect of our senior leadership team and I am confident that under his stewardship, Cottonwood will be well positioned to further scale our investment platform.”
“I am eager to take on this pivotal role and work closely with our talented leadership team to expand our organization’s core competencies and deliver exceptional results for our investors,” said Horowitz. “I look forward to honoring Cottonwood’s legacy of creative dealmaking and thoughtful investment while scaling our operating organization, deepening investor relationships, and accelerating our growth strategy.”
Horowitz has 16 years of investment, credit and restructuring experience, with a focus on distressed credit and special situations investments. Jeff has been instrumental in the management of investment deals across the firm’s Los Angeles and Boston offices for the past five years, maintaining the firm’s current $3 billion in assets under management. He has served as the lead execution principal on over $750 million of Cottonwood’s debt originations and managed over $900 million of special situations and distressed investments for the firm. Horowitz earned his BS from Georgetown University.
Cottonwood continues to level up its business operations on the heels of financing a master mixed- use project in South Boston last month, securing a new office and expanded team in Boston, and launching its first open-ended Founders Fund in 2021.