CEO, Digital Realty Trust
A. William Stein (Bill) is Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer and serves on its Board of Directors.
Under Bill’s leadership, Digital Realty has executed a series of transformational transactions that have sharpened the company’s strategic focus and significantly enhanced its product offerings. Bill has overseen a quadrupling of the company’s total enterprise value, as well as its inclusion in the S&P 500 Index.
Before being named CEO in 2014, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer.
Bill has over 30 years of leadership experience at a wide variety of companies. Before joining Digital Realty in 2004, Bill was with GI Partners (Digital Realty’s predecessor private equity fund); Co-Head of VentureBank@PNC and Media and Communications Finance at The PNC Financial Services Group; President and Chief Operating Officer of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust (now part of iStar Financial); Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust; and he previously held a number of senior positions with Westinghouse Electric, Westinghouse Financial Services, and Duquesne Light Company. In addition, Bill practiced law for eight years, specializing in litigation as well as securities and finance.
Bill also holds leadership roles within the real estate industry. He serves on the Board of Directors for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., where he is a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Real Estate Roundtable. Additionally, Bill served as the 2020 Chair for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), is a member of its Executive Board, and Co-Chair of its Dividends through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CEO Council.
Jennifer Fritzsche is currently a Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow at the Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Ms. Fritzsche was formerly a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities focused on telecommunications services (wired and wireless), and cable, data center, and tower sectors. She had been in this role at Wells Fargo since 1995. She provides differentiated, relevant industry views, detailed financial and valuation models, deep market insight, and highly respected investment opinions to the money management community.
A frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and at industry conferences, Ms. Fritzsche has had a career in providing thought leadership, strategic vision, and business insight leading to significant business growth and shareholder value. She and her team have done much work on the topic of 5G and the infrastructure needed to support this service.