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44 JUNE 2019 th E l E ad E r How long have you been at a kamai t echnologies? a nd how long have you been in corporate real estate (C re )? I've been here for slightly over four years. I've been in corporate real estate for approximately 18 years. Before joining Akamai, I was with Osram. Prior to that, inVentiv Health, adidas Group, Cresa and Cornerstone. I also have a law degree. What do you see as your biggest accomplishment? I have carved out a niche for myself, and it is evident in the roles I've had. I have served as a transformational leader, often brought in to lead significant evolutions in corporate real estate. I was hired with adidas Group during the time adidas had just acquired Reebok and its associated companies. The company was looking to centralize a real estate function and to make it more strategic. At inVentiv, there was no real estate, facilities, or security function at all; I was brought in to build this as the company continued to consolidate and acquire under private equity. At Akamai, they were looking to change the perspective of Corporate Services within the company and rebrand it as the Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity team, underpinning the core customer-facing objective of everything we do. Rebranding alone was not enough; building out a customer-engagement structure resulting in close alignment with an understanding of the business strategy was an important nexus in aligning the "people experience," financial priorities, and business growth. Erica Chapman, MCR, Esq. Vice President of Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity (GREWP) Akamai Technologies I've also had the privilege of being involved in 11 headquarters projects over the course of my career. All of the companies where I served on the client side had a headquarters project while I was there. And at adidas, there was more than one because, as a multi-branded company, there are multiple brand and divisional headquarters. What's one of your favorite quotes? I have so many! The one that's on my LinkedIn page was given to me by my dad when I was in law school. It's by Theodore Roosevelt. It's that quote about the man in the arena: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." People would be surprised to know that. . . People do know a lot about me. I have five kids. My husband and I own a boutique hotel and restaurant on the Cape. I ride a Harley. What was the best advice you ever received? I don't know that this was the best advice, but I have reflected on this on more than one occasion and it is timeless. I received this advice early on in my career and therefore it was useful in helping me really think about the future and what I wanted: I was 28, and had just been hired as director of real estate for the Americas at adidas. I was at a CoreNet Global Summit when I had this conversation with a mentor about having credibility and gaining a seat at the table. She said, "Do you want to look 28, or do you want to be in the boardroom?" It was a subtle reminder to dress for the job you want. i f not in C re , what would you be? I'm an attorney by education, and I am very interested in the law and practicing law in a more classic fashion. I would likely pursue a path to serving as a judge if I were to pivot. If I weren't in a CRE executive role, the other areas I am interested in are real estate development and architecture. Of course, those are also real estate-related. For something more interesting, I would say traveling; find a profession that would allow me to travel with my family to see more of the world than I have to date. What is your favorite pastime? I love traveling to new places. My favorite would be going out on the boat with my family. It's very relaxing, and it doesn't take a lot of planning. What do you want your legacy to be? As it relates to my life generally and not specifically from a CRE standpoint, I don't want my legacy to be about me. I want to have lived life in service to others, something that will serve generations beyond my children's children. This comes from a place unique to other areas of the world. In this country, we think about our lifespan, but many other cultures have multiple generations living together who do think about those generations to come. I would like my life to be reflective of that. As a CRE executive, I hope that people remember me as being humble and kind and a thought leader, someone people enjoy working with. t ell us about your family. We adopted our fifth child, a little boy. He has been with us about a year and a half. The adoption finalized on Halloween 2018. I am going to have 18 consecutive years of teenagers, commencing last year with our oldest, who is 13. I am very happily married. My husband is wonderful, and he has been an incredible support as my career has progressed. He has always been a great advocate of CoreNet Global. I know he helped in New Orleans at a charity event when we had a summit there. I have great parents and can attribute a lot of who I am to their love and leadership. Three of our kids are involved in music: piano, cello and violin. Three are athletes; two play soccer, and one is a swimmer. My husband also rides a Harley, but my engine is bigger than his! He knows how to fix anything. We bought this inn and restaurant that's more than 200 years old, and we have a wonderful life here on the Cape, though I'm a city girl at heart. It's such a privilege to live here, with lots of family nearby. To learn more about the CoreNet Global Corporate Partner program, contact Colleen Lex at CORPORATE PARTNER PROFILE

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