Executive Team

Paul H. McDowell

Paul H. McDowell

Chief Executive Officer, President

Mr. McDowell serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Orion Office REIT Inc. Mr. McDowell has served as VEREIT, Inc.’s ("VEREIT") Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since October 2015. He previously served as VEREIT’s Co Head, Real Estate from January 2015 to September 2015 and VEREIT’s President, Office and Industrial Group from November 2013 until December 2014. Prior to joining VEREIT, Mr. McDowell was a founder of CapLease Inc. (“CapLease”), a publicly traded net lease REIT, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2014 and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 1994 until 2001. Mr. McDowell served on the CapLease Board of Directors from 2003 to 2014 and was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2007. He served on the Board of Directors of CapLease’s predecessor from 2001 until 2004. From 1991 until 1994, Mr. McDowell was corporate counsel for Sumitomo Corporation of America, the principal U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest integrated trading companies. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. McDowell was an associate in the corporate department at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP. He previously served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Tulane University School of Liberal Arts.

Mr. McDowell received his Juris Doctor with honors from Boston University School of Law in 1987, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1982.

Gavin Brandon

Gavin Brandon

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer

Gavin Brandon serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Orion Office REIT Inc. In this role, he partners with the Chief Executive Officer to handle all capital market activities, and support communications with lenders, investors, and tenants. Mr. Brandon also oversees the accounting, external reporting, financial planning and analysis, and treasury functions and serves on the Company’s Investment, Portfolio Management and Executive Committees.

Before joining the Company, Mr. Brandon was the Chief Accounting Officer for VEREIT, Inc. ("VEREIT") from October 2014 until November 2021 and was responsible for accounting, SEC and managerial reporting, taxation and operational accounting and served on VEREIT’s Investment Committee, Portfolio Strategy Committee, and Cyber Committee. Prior to being VEREIT’s Chief Accounting Officer, Mr. Brandon was the Chief Financial Officer for two publicly registered, non-listed Office and Industrial REITs, Cole Credit Income Trust (CCIT) and Cole Credit Income Trust II (CCIT II), which were managed by Cole Capital, the previously owned investment management segment of VEREIT. From 2011 until 2013, Mr. Brandon was the Principal Accounting Officer for three non-listed REITs Cole Credit Property Trust II, Inc. (CCPT II), Cole Corporate Income Trust, Inc. and Cole Corporate Income Advisors, LLC (a FINRA registered financial advisor), which were managed by Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.

Mr. Brandon worked for nine years with Deloitte & Touche LLP, most recently as a senior manager in the firm’s national office within real estate services and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State University and has served on Weber State University’s National Advisory Council since 2015.

Chris Day

Chris Day

Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Chris Day serves as Chief Operating Officer at Orion Office REIT Inc. In this role, he partners with the CEO and leadership team to manage daily cross functional operations including assets and property management as well as tenant relationships to drive value for all stakeholders. Before joining the Company, he served as Senior Vice President, Head of Portfolio and Retail Asset Management for VEREIT, Inc. ("VEREIT"), and served in this position since 2018. He oversaw the asset management functions for the company’s portfolio of over 2,100 retail properties encompassing nearly 35 million square feet, including executing on strategic lease renewals and dispositions to maximize value for the company’s shareholders. In addition, Mr. Day also oversaw the portfolio management responsibilities of the company’s portfolio of nearly 3,900 retail, office, industrial and restaurant properties, including working with executive management to establish strategy for the company’s real estate portfolio that encompasses nearly 89 million square feet. Mr. Day was previously Vice President of Underwriting where he was part of a team that underwrote approximately $25 billion of closed acquisitions of multiple companies from 2007 to 2017.

Prior to joining VEREIT, Mr. Day was a Finance Associate for Corporex Companies, a privately held real estate investment company with broad holdings of office, industrial, land, residential and hotel assets throughout the United States. While at Corporex, Mr. Day assisted in the formation of Eagle Hospitality Properties Trust, a former NYSE publicly traded REIT that was formed to succeed to the full-service hotel business of Corporex.

Mr. Day graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) degree. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration (General) and Master of Science Business Administration (Finance) from Mississippi State University.

Gary Landriau

Gary Landriau

Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President

Gary Landriau serves as Chief Investment Officer at Orion Office REIT Inc. In this role, he partners with the CEO and leadership team to manage Orion’s investment activity while maintaining limited overall risk to the organization.

Before joining the Company, Mr. Landriau served as head of Office and Industrial Asset Management at VEREIT, Inc. ("VEREIT"), where he focused on risk identification, risk management and risk mitigation across office and industrial portfolios. Mr. Landriau has developed and refined tools and processes to help identify and report on risk and has been very successful at operating such portfolio at very high occupancy. Previously, Mr. Landriau worked at Prudential Realty Group where he negotiated and closed transactions worth many billions of dollars and involving tens of millions of square feet of office, industrial and retail space. Transactions completed include permanent debt financing, bridge lending, construction lending, expansions, acquisitions and dispositions with property interests including fee simple, leasehold, condominium, estate for years, and partnership interests.

Mr. Landriau earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes

General Counsel and Secretary

Paul Hughes serves as the General Counsel and Secretary at Orion Office REIT Inc.  In this role, he partners with the CEO and leadership team and provides legal counsel in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and financing.  He also oversees all day-to-day legal aspects of the Company, including SEC and NYSE compliance.

Before joining the Company, Mr. Hughes served as General Counsel and Secretary of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. from March 2017 through November 2021, a real estate investment trust which was public until June 2021 and owns a diversified portfolio of strategically-located hotel properties throughout the United States within the select service market of the hospitality sector. Previously and while Hospitality Investors Trust was externally advised by AR Global, he served as Senior Vice President, Counsel – Hospitality at AR Global where he had worked since November 2013. Prior to joining AR Capital, the predecessor to AR Global, Mr. Hughes served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of CapLease, Inc. (“CapLease”), a NYSE-listed REIT, from January 2005 until the consummation, in November 2013, of the merger of CapLease with and into VEREIT which was then externally advised by an affiliate of AR Capital. Prior to joining CapLease, Mr. Hughes was an attorney practicing in the area of corporate and securities matters at Hunton & Williams LLP from September 2000 until January 2005, and at Parker Chapin LLP from September 1997 until September 2000. Mr. Hughes is also a certified public accountant and was employed by Grant Thornton LLP from January 1989 until June 1997. Mr. Hughes earned his JD (Summa Cum Laude) from New York Law School and his B.S. from Lehigh University.

Key Personnel

Revea Schmidt

Revea Schmidt

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

  • Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller at VEREIT since 2014
  • Before her time at VEREIT, served as Director of Financial Reporting at OEM Group
  • Started career as an audit manager at Deloitte
  • Received Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University
Benjamin Coleman

Benjamin Coleman

Senior Vice President, Tax and Treasury

  • Senior Vice President of Tax at VEREIT since 2014
  • Has held several different positions in the Tax and Corporate Finance department at VEREIT and Cole Real Estate Investments (before acquired by VEREIT) since 2004
  • Started career as tax consultant at Deloitte
  • Received Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Northern Kentucky University
Karen Halpert

Karen Halpert

Senior Vice President, Head of Property Management

  • Senior Vice President and Head of Property Management at VEREIT since 2012
  • Prior to VEREIT, held various positions at the Related Companies, International Capital Partners, RREEF and Cabot Industrial Trust
  • Received Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University
Kristy Lubeck

Kristy Lubeck

Senior Vice President, Head of People Operations and Corporate Risk

  • Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources at VEREIT since 2018
  • Prior to VEREIT, held various positions at American Express, Discover Financial Services, Reveal Global Intelligence, and Accent Hiring Group
  • Received Associate Fellow of Talent Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Kieran McGee

Kieran McGee

Vice President, Asset Management

  • Vice President of Asset Management at VEREIT
  • Before VEREIT, held various positions at CapLease, Aviva Investors, Newmark, Jefferies and LaSalle Investment Management
  • Received Master of Science degree in Real Estate from New York University and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University Maryland
Justin Shuler

Justin Shuler

Assistant General Counsel

  • Senior Legal Counsel at VEREIT from 2016 until 2021
  • Prior to VEREIT, was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Received his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Colorado