Thomas J. DeRosa

Thomas J. DeRosa ’88
Chief Executive Officer, Welltower Inc., New York

Thomas DeRosa is the chief executive officer of Welltower (NYSE: WELL), an S&P 500 company. Under his leadership, Welltower has grown into the global leader in healthcare real estate with a broad, diversified portfolio across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Since Mr. DeRosa assumed his current position in April 2014, Welltower’s enterprise value has grown to over $40 billion. He has served as a director of the company since 2004.

Mr. DeRosa is the former vice chairman and chief financial officer of The Rouse Company, a position he held from September 2002 until November 2004, when The Rouse Company merged with General Growth Properties. From 1992 to September 2002, Mr. DeRosa held various positions at Deutsche Bank AG, DB Alex Brown, and Alex Brown & Sons, including global co-head of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group. Mr. DeRosa’s extensive background in healthcare, real estate, and capital markets has allowed him to uniquely position Welltower as a leading proponent for collaboration across the continuum of healthcare—including seniors’ housing, independent living, memory care, post-acute, and outpatient medical facilities—to drive cost efficiencies and better outcomes.

Throughout his career, Mr. DeRosa has championed diversity and inclusiveness, believing that innovation and business success stem from a creative mix of personalities, skills, and backgrounds. Mr. DeRosa has extensive corporate governance experience and has sat on the board of four NYSE companies including the Dover Corporation and Empire State Realty Trust. He has previously served on the board of directors of Georgetown University and as a member of the Health Advisory Board of the Michael Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. DeRosa is currently a governor of the World Economic Forum; a member of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program Advisory Board at Columbia Business School; a member of the Park Avenue Armory Board; and a director of CECP-The CEO Force for Good, which was founded by the actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. He is a frequent speaker on the growth of aging populations and the devastating impact of dementia on people, their families, and healthcare delivery systems. Mr. DeRosa was the 2016 National Honoree of The Alzheimer’s Association.

Mr. DeRosa is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned an MBA from the Columbia Business School.