Nelson Mills

ATLANTA—Columbia Property Trust has named a new CFO. James A. Fleming will take the reigns as CFO and executive vice president of the office REIT.

In his new role, Fleming is charged with helping drive long-term value for Columbia. The firm sees him as instrumental in the company’s efforts to attract new institutional investment.

“With his extensive background in real estate investment management, capital markets, and governance, as well as both executive and board experience for public companies, we believe Jim will play an integral role in positioning the company for a successful future,” says Nelson Mills, president, CEO, and director of Columbia. Fleming brings more than three decades of commercial real estate experience to the firm.

Day-to-day, Fleming will oversee the finance, treasury, investor relations, and financial reporting divisions of the office REIT. He will also manage all debt capital market activities, maintain relationships with rating agencies and financial institutions, and contribute to the strategic positioning of the company’s acquisitions, finance, and disposition plans.

Fleming most recently served as executive vice president and CFO for Schottenstein Property Group, a national shopping center owner-operator. Previously, he served in various executive capacities, including as executive vice president and CFO from 2004 to 2010, and earlier, as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary from 2001 to 2004, at Cousins Properties.

Fleming sits on the board of directors of NASDAQ-listed Carmike Cinemas, Inc., one of the nation’s largest motion picture exhibitors. He is former founding partner of the Atlanta law firm Fleming & Ray (now Ray & Sherman) and former managing partner at Long, Aldridge & Norman (now McKenna Long & Aldridge). Fleming’s practice at both firms focused on the real estate industry.