Veris Residential (formerly Mack-Cali) announces financial leadership transition

Amanda Lombard named chief accounting officer, will transition to CFO

Jersey City-based Veris Residential, formerly Mack-Cali Realty Corp., on Thursday said  Amanda Lombard has been appointed as chief accounting officer, effective Tuesday. Lombard, who most recently served as chief financial officer of Seritage Growth Properties, succeeds Giovanni DeBari, who is leaving Veris.

“Amanda is a proven leader whose broad experience and publicly-traded (real estate investment trust) expertise will serve us well as we continue to streamline and enhance our operations. We are thrilled to welcome her to Veris Residential and are confident that her skills will complement those of our existing team and help to drive continued value creation for our stakeholders,” Mahbod Nia, Veris CEO, said in a prepared statement. “We are grateful to Giovanni for his commitment to the company over the past 25 years and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Furthermore, by year-end 2022, Lombard will transition to the role of chief financial officer, in connection with David Smetana’s decision to leave the company to pursue other opportunities upon the completion of his contract.

Nia continued: “Dave has been a tremendous asset to Veris Residential and our stakeholders during a period of significant transformation for our company and the real estate industry at large. We are thankful for his tireless efforts and are fortunate that he will be working hand-in-glove with Amanda over the coming months to ensure a seamless transition.”

Lombard brings over a decade of publicly-traded real estate investment trust experience to Veris Residential. Prior to her time at Seritage Growth Properties, Lombard held the position of chief accounting officer at Gramercy Property Trust and began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.