Robert H. Zerbst

Former CEO and Chairman, CBRE Global Investors

Chairman, Advisory Board, Asian Real Estate Research Institute (ARERI)


    Dr. Robert Zerbst is Chairman and principally responsible for Overseas Investor Services’ investment strategy and policy. From 1998 until 2009 he was CEO and then Chairman of CBRE Global Investors. He had overall responsibility for investment policy and strategic direction of the firm. He led its growth and transformation from a domestic pension fund advisor with $3.7 billion of assets under management to a multi-strategy, global investment organization with a portfolio of more than $42 billion. Today CBRE Global Investors is the largest real estate investment manager in the world with over $100 billion in assets under management globally and over 600 institutional clients.
    In 1981, after a career in real estate research and education, Dr. Zerbst founded and served as CEO of Piedmont Realty Advisors, a San Francisco-based real estate investment manager. In 1991 Piedmont merged with The RREEF Funds and he became a partner. While at RREEF he was responsible for all investments in the western United States and opportunistic investments nationally.
    He is a Director of Digital Realty Trust (NYSE
:DLR), past Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM) and Board member of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) and the Real Estate Round Table. He also serves as an independent member of the investment committee for CB Richard Ellis' Global Multi Manager business in London.
    Dr. Zerbst is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), World Affairs Council of Northern California, Asia Society, the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center at the University of California at Berkeley and Trustee of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
    Dr. Zerbst holds a B.A. from Miami University, an M.A. in Economics, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Finance and Real Estate Economics from Ohio State University.