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Realty Income Promotes Corporate Finance Head to CFO

Net lease REIT Realty Income Corporation said Friday it would transition its CFO and treasurer roles from Christie Kelly to Jonathan Pong, currently the company’s head of corporate finance, effective Jan. 1, 2024. The decision to appoint Pong as the new CFO comes as Kelly has decided to retire at the end of the year and follows a planned succession process.

Since joining San Diego-based Realty Income in 2014, Pong has played a pivotal role in the company’s growth and has consistently demonstrated his expertise in financial management and strategic planning. In his current role as SVP and head of corporate finance, he oversees the company’s capital markets, derivatives, financial planning and analysis and investor relations functions, and has spearheaded key initiatives.

“This thoughtfully planned transition represents our commitment to harness the expertise and insights of a dedicated internal leader in a broader capacity, to bring sustainable leadership success by someone who has consistently demonstrated exceptional financial acumen and positively impacted our organization,” said president and CEO Sumit Roy.


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