Speyer starts his three-year term in January, when the current chair, Mary Ann Tighe, steps down. At age 43, Speyer will be the youngest person to hold the post in the history of the 117-year-old organization. Speyer’s father Jerry served as the board’s chair from 1986 to 1988, and his grandfather, Robert Tishman, had the role from 1972 to 1975. This will also be the first time that three generations of the same family have been tapped as chair.
Speyer has been a member of REBNY’s executive committee since 2004 and a member of the Board of Governors since 2001.
“Rob Speyer has an outstanding reputation as a global leader in real estate,” Tighe said in a statement. “A great focus for REBNY is keeping New York City competitive in a global marketplace,” Tighe told The Commercial Observer.
Since joining Tishman Speyer in 1995, Speyer has held senior roles in acquisitions, capital markets, development and leasing. Tishman Speyer manages more than 92,000 residential units in major cities around the world, with large-scale development projects in emerging economies in Asia.