JBG Smith Bolsters Executive Team

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JBG Smith, an owner and developer of mixed-use properties throughout the Washington, D.C. region, has hired four senior executives to fill roles in leadership in technology and information strategy, marketing, diversity and inclusion and sustainability.

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The new hires include Jeremy Poteet from Brookfield Properties Retail as executive vice president, technology and information strategy; Christy Donato from Marriott International as senior vice president of marketing; Dawnita Wilson from Fortune 500 company Sodexo as vice president of diversity and inclusion; and Kim Pexton from sustainability consulting firm Paladino and Company as vice president of sustainability.

A 15-year industry veteran, Wilson has been with the company since September 2019 and her new role will include developing programs and initiatives focused on advancing diversity and inclusion.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow a more inclusive environment and position diversity and inclusion as a key priority at JBG Smith, by further integrating it into the way we do business,” Wilson told Commercial Observer. “As a leader in the real estate industry, we must be intentional in our efforts to support and reflect the diverse communities we serve.”

With more than 18 years of global brand marketing and brand management experience, Donato’s new responsibilities include overseeing the company’s brand strategy and marketing communications portfolio-wide.

“This includes the creation and execution of integrated marketing strategies that will highlight our impressive portfolio of commercial, retail and residential properties,” she told CO. “The D.C. region is experiencing incredible growth and I’m excited to use my expertise in consumer and hospitality marketing to enhance awareness of JBG Smith’s properties by creating memorable experiences for residents, customers and the community.”

Poteet has spent 15 years assisting real estate firms with re-engineering processes and implementing new tech strategies, and his new responsibilities include advocating for and leading the adoption of new technologies across the company.

With 20 years of experience in sustainability efforts, Pexton will be heading up the company’s strategy, development, coordination and execution of new sustainability initiatives.

“JBG Smith is committed to elevating our team with strong talent, and each of these executives was strategically chosen based on their deep experience, demonstrated leadership, and proven record of success,” Matt Kelly, the firm’s CEO, said in prepared remarks. “We look forward to the impact each of these individuals will have in their respective fields and we welcome their contributions to JBG Smith.”