The candidate joined Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) in October of 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Ventas, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Beam, Inc. (NYSE: BEAM), where he was a key player in establishing the former unit of Fortune Brands (NYSE: FBHS) as a standalone publicly traded spirits company in 2011. The candidate previously served as the Vice President of Finance, Strategy and M&A for Baxter International, Inc. Prior to that, he worked for eight years with London-based Diageo PLC, most recently as Chief Financial Officer, Global Supply. He also served in multiple finance roles within the Pillsbury Company and as a Commercial Lending Officer with Northern Trust Corporation. The candidate earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics from Duke University and received his MBA with highest honors in Finance and Accounting from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.