Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (Crombie REIT) announced that Clinton Keay is joining the company as the chief financial officer and secretary, effective May 15, 2019.
The press release says that Keay is currently executive vice-president IT and transformation for Sobeys Inc., where he oversees company efforts to restructure the way it does business.
Keay is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) who joined Sobeys in 1989 and held a number of progressively senior finance roles before being appointed senior vice-president & chief information officer in 2002.
Keay graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a business administration degree with honours in accounting.
“Clinton knows our business well, has strong relationships with our strategic partner, Sobeys, possesses very strong leadership and collaboration skills and has a wealth of experience in finance and information technology,” says Crombie president and CEO, Don Clow in the press release.
Keay fills the position currently held by Glenn Hynes who was appointed Crombie’s executive vice-president (EVP) and chief operating officer (COO) in November 2018, as part of Crombie’s leadership renewal.
More appointments to the leadership team
Crombie recently welcomed Arie Bitton and Kara Dort to the leadership team. Bitton joined Crombie as senior vice-president, leasing and operations, a role created in November 2018. Bitton has an extensive background in the real estate industry, most recently holding the position of vice-president real estate at Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Ltd., and is a graduate of York University, with honours in business & society.
Dort joined the Crombie team as vice-president, accounting and financial reporting. A CPA with over 14 years of extensive experience in financial reporting, and a proven track record in retail financial leadership, Dort spent over ten years with Sobeys and was most recently vice-president, finance and strategy for Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. Currently enrolled in Harvard Business School’s Certificate of Management Excellence Program, Dort holds a bachelor of business administration degree from St. Francis Xavier University. Dort fills the vacancy left by the upcoming retirement of Ken Turple.