Mr. Westerfield serves as Chief Executive Officer of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. and is a member of MFA's Board of Directors. Mr. Westerfield was appointed CEO effective April 1, 2015, after serving as Senior Advisor to MFA's BOD from 2012 to 2015. In that capacity, Mr. Westerfield provided strategic advice regarding business planning and investment strategy. Mr. Westerfield also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Halekulani Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of MFA.
Mr. Westerfield spent the bulk of his career as a managing director at Morgan Stanley, having joined the firm in 1985 upon graduation from business school. At MS, Mr. Westerfield worked in numerous roles in investment banking, fixed income and investment management, all with a specialization in commercial real estate finance and investment. In his last role at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Westerfield had responsibility for the firm’s global commercial mortgage finance business.
Upon retirement from Morgan Stanley in June, 2008, Mr. Westerfield formed and managed Braddock Capital Management, a private LLC which invested in REITs and commercial real estate related assets, including various office, industrial, multi-family rental and condominium development projects, primarily in the New York area.
Mr. Westerfield received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1985 and an AB in Government from Dartmouth College in 1981.