Shopping Centers Today

OCT 2018

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54 S C T / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 J ohn E. DeWolf III, president of the Columbia, Md., region for The Howard Hughes Corp. and an ICSC past trustee, died Aug. 22. He was 63 and had been battling cancer. DeWolf, who most recently headed the company's 14 million-square-foot redevelopment in downtown Columbia, had upwards of 30 years of real estate experience, much of it on the retail side. "John DeWolf was an inspirational leader," said Greg Fitchitt, senior vice president of development at Howard Hughes. "He loved construction, and the whole building process energized him. He possessed an extraordinary vision." DeWolf held a law degree from Syracuse University and began his career as real estate counsel for The Pyramid Cos. before joining The Limited as its very first in-house attorney. He joined Howard Hughes Corp. in 2011 from Foot Locker, where he was senior vice president of real estate. Before that, he was senior vice president of development at New England Development. DeWolf had also run his own portfolio- management consulting practice and held positions at various times with New York & Company, The Disney Store and Woolworth. DeWolf was a member of ICSC for nearly three decades of his career, and he served as a trustee from 1998 to 2002. Q Industry veteran and past ICSC trustee John DeWolf III loved real estate By Edmund Mander The builder N E W S M A K E R S culture, according to Chutrakul: bringing "the best of Thailand to meet with the best in the world." All this demands meticulous plan- ning and execution, which Chutrakul asserts is a tendency no less common among women in the retail industry than among men. Notably, the heads of a few other major retail compa- nies in Thailand are women, among them Supaluck Umpujh of The Mall Group, which has developed sev- eral important shopping centers in Bangkok. "Working in retail and as a woman, I have keen eyes for detail," she said. "At Siam Piwat, the major- ity of the employees in the office are female, and this fact proves that women are capable of working in a tough and competitive environment." Chutrakul is bullish about the future of her native city. "Bangkok is well equipped with many grade-A office buildings, condominiums [and] international schools and has a cosmopolitan lifestyle," she said. "And living in Thailand, you will get a high-quality standard of living at a reasonable price." Moreover, Bangkok is becoming a major retail hub in Asia, Chutrakul argues, one that can equal Singapore or Hong Kong. "We strongly believe," she said, "that Bangkok can be on par with other international shopping destinations." Q Working in retail and as a woman, I have keen eyes for detail. At Siam Piwat, the majority of the employees in the office are female, and this fact proves that women are capable of working in a tough and competitive environment

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