Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Richards was named chief financial officer of Sunrise Senior Living in March 2011, previously serving as the Company's chief accounting officer since July 2009. He oversees the accounting, tax, treasury and financial reporting functions.
Mr. Richards was a vice president with JE Robert Companies and functioned as the controller for JER Investors Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in real estate loans, commercial mortgage backed securities and other structured financial products. While serving in this capacity, he supervised the accounting and financial reporting functions, as well as Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance and REIT tax compliance. Before joining JER, Mr. Richards served as vice president and corporate controller of Republic Property Trust, a publicly traded owner, operator and redeveloper of commercial office buildings in the Metropolitan DC area, which was acquired by Liberty Property Trust in August 2007. Prior to Republic Property Trust, Mr. Richards served in a variety of accounting positions with increasing responsibilities at The Mills Corporation, a publicly traded developer, owner and manager of a diversified portfolio of regional shopping malls and retail entertainment centers, which was acquired by Simon Property Group and Farallon Capital in May 2007.
Mr. Richards holds a master's degree in Taxation from Old Dominion University, a master's of science degree in Accounting from Strayer University and a bachelor's degree from George Mason University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and maintains professional affiliation with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.