Podcast: Former Prologis CEO Walt Rakowich on industrial CRE
Walt Rakowich, the former CEO of Prologis, joins host Chad Griffiths to discuss a range of topics from the personal, to the re-emergence of Prologis as an industrial CRE powerhouse, to the industry itself.
Rakowich has a bachelor degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He spent the majority of his career at Prologis, including time as CEO from 2008 – 2012.
He is also the author of Transfluence.
Prologis is the largest industrial property owner in the world and an S&P 500 company, but it was on the cusp of bankruptcy when Rakowich was hired as CEO. He led the company through a dramatic turnaround, and today it owns nearly one billion square feet of warehouses and distribution centres around the world.
Here are the time stamps for the topics they discuss:
0:00 – Introduction;
1:58 – Background on Prologis;
7:09 – Why Prologis focused on industrial real estate;
11:20 – Choosing global markets;
17:01 – Turning the company around (which properties were sold in 2008);
24:20 – Staying on top of the industrial real estate market;
32:48 – Cap rates (industrial vs. office);
34:36 – Cultural changes as CEO of Prologis;
40:56 – A story from Transfluence;
47:23 – Real world example of culture change;
53:29 – How Rakowich started in industrial real estate;
1:00:49 – Getting in touch with Rakowich.