Chief Executive Officer, Macerich
As CEO since 1993, Art Coppola has led a visionary team at Macerich in creating distinctive retail destinations perfectly matched to retail demand in some of the most desirable markets in the United States. Mr. Coppola, as Chairman of the Board and CEO of one of the premier real estate investment trusts in the country, guides an expansive national portfolio of high-performing retail properties, with a focus on adding value to assets and land holdings.
Mr. Coppola’s strategic vision for Macerich has driven the company’s growth with signature acquisitions and a robust development and redevelopment pipeline since he took on his current role more than 20 years ago. A long-standing member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Mr. Coppola served as the 2007 Chair of the Board of Governors and is a current member of The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Mr. Coppola was the 2009 recipient of NAREIT’s prestigious Leader in the Light award, which recognized his significant and lasting contributions to the industry.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Coppola joined Macerich in 1976. He holds a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University and was admitted to the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1973.
During Mr. Coppola’s tenure with the company, Macerich (NYSE: MAC) has grown from a privately held real estate enterprise into a dominant, publicly owned regional mall company that is part of the S&P 500, with a portfolio of approximately 54 million square feet of gross leasable area primarily in 48 regional shopping centers across the U.S.