Morgan Stanley has named John Klopp head of Americas real estate investing and global real estate debt investing.

Klopp, who will join on Feb. 1, will report to Jay Mantz, chief investment officer of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing.

The new hire most recently served as CEO of Capital Trust. Prior to co-founding Capital Trust with Sam Zell in 1997, he was a founder and managing partner of Victor Capital Group. Previously, Klopp started Chemical Realty Corp., Chemical Bank’s real estate investment banking unit  where he was managing director and co-head.

“We are thrilled to have someone with John’s depth of experience and accomplishments join our leadership team,” Owen Thomas, chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, said a statement. “His proven management and investment skills, combined with his long-standing client relationships and strong track record in the real estate industry, make him ideally suited to help drive Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing forward.”

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