Grosvenor Group announces the appointment of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdon Matthew Barzun as Non-Executive Director. Joining the Group Board with effect from 21 March 2019, he brings a wealth of international experience in politics, diplomacy and business.
Matthew was U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom (between 2013 and 2017) and to Sweden (between 2009 and 2011). In 2008 he joined Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee where he developed the Obama campaign’s grass-root fundraising and volunteering strategies which were to prove instrumental to electoral success. He later also served as National Finance Chair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Earlier in his career, Matthew helped shape the early development of the internet, joining technology news and reviews website CNET as its fourth employee in 1993. He served in a number of roles within the company, including Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and member of the executive committee. Over more than a decade with the business he led the development of one of the first comparison shopping sites – Shopper.com, and co-led CNET’s online properties including CNET.Com and News.Com. He left in 2004 to advise and invest in start-up internet companies.
Matthew is Chairman of Tortoise Media, a London-based news organisation, and serves on the boards of many not-for-profit organisations with a focus on education; public policy and interfaith relations. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an AB in History and Literature from Harvard College.
Mark Preston, Group Chief Executive, Grosvenor Group, said: “As a U.S. based Non-Executive with deep and extensive experience in technology, media, business and politics, as well as a unique understanding of the U.K thanks to his time as U.S. Ambassador, Matthew brings a different and valuable perspective to our international activities. We are delighted that he has agreed to join us.”
About Grosvenor Group
Grosvenor Group is one of the world’s largest privately-owned property companies. We develop, manage and invest in property in more than 60 cities around the world.
Through the activities of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Grosvenor Americas, Grosvenor Asia Pacific and Grosvenor Europe we diversify the Group’s property portfolio by geography, sector, activity, currency and management teams.
Our Indirect Investment business further diversifies the Group’s property interests beyond the expertise and strategies of our four regional Operating Companies. It invests Grosvenor’s capital in Africa, Australia, Europe and North and South America.
Grosvenor Group’s purpose is to deliver lasting commercial and social benefit. To live up to this ambition, for over 10 years we have adopted an approach we call ‘Living cities’ which aims to guide and inspire our property activities.
Achieving strong commercial returns enables our activities to be enduring. Applying our expertise with a far-sighted perspective to improve properties and places provides a positive impact on communities, neighbourhoods and cities.