Board of Directors

Board and Committees

Our experienced, diverse and independent Board of Directors is an essential element of Ventas’s success. Our board members challenge us to outperform, manage risk and create value for our stakeholders. Their collective strength, engagement and judgment have contributed greatly to Ventas’s excellence, stability and strong performance.

Board Composition Information

 

AGE OFDIRECTORSINDEPENDENCEGENDERTENURE50s2 DIRECTORS60s6 DIRECTORS70s1 DIRECTOR>15YEARS2 DIRECTORS5 - 15YEARS4 DIRECTORS<1-5YEARS3 DIRECTORS1/3 FEMALE3 DIRECTORS2/3 MALE1 NON-INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR8 INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

Board Composition Demographics

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Debra A. Cafaro

Director since 1999
Executive and Investment Committees

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Melody C. Barnes

Director since 2014
Audit and Nominating Committees

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Jay M. Gellert

Director since 2001
Executive, Investment and Nominating Committees

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Richard I. Gilchrist

Director since 2011
Compensation (Chair) and Investment (Chair) Committees

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Matthew J. Lustig

Director since 2011
Executive and Investment Committees

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Roxanne M. Martino

Director since 2016
Compensation and Investment Committees

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Walter C. Rakowich

Director since 2016
Audit Committee

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Robert D. Reed

Director since 2008
Audit (Chair) and Executive Committees

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James D. Shelton

Director since 2008
Presiding Director since 2016
Compensation, Executive (Chair) and Nominating (Chair) Committees

Longtime Leadership in Board Diversity

Ventas has long placed a priority on gender diversity at the Board level, and has maintained at least two female Board members since 2001, including Chairman and CEO Debra A. Cafaro. We have earned distinct honors as a “Winning” company on the 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index and as a Corporate Champion by the Women’s Forum of New York. Diversity within the board is critical in bringing together varied perspectives and complementary experiences, and has been shown to have a demonstrable impact on business performance.1

Board Membership Overview

Melody C. Barnes*Nominating Committee MemberNominating Committee MemberAudit Committee MemberDebraA. CafaroExecutive Committee MemberInvestment Committee MemberRichard I. Gilchrist*Compensation Committee ChairInvestment Committee ChairMatthew J. Lustig*Executive Committee MemberInvestment Committee MemberRoxanne M. Martino*Compensation Committee MemberInvestment Committee MemberWalter C. Rakowich*Audit Committee MemberRobert D. Reed*Audit Committee ChairExecutive Committee MemberJay M. Gellert*Executive Committee MemberInvestment Committee MemberNominating Committee ChairJames D. Shelton*†Compensation Committee MemberExecutive Committee ChairTotal Number of Meetings:Audit Committee: 4Compensation Committee: 5Executive Committee: 0Investment Committee: 2Nominating Committee: 2*IndependentDirector† Presiding DirectorMelody C. Barnes*MemberMemberNameAuditCommittee*IndependentDirector† Presiding DirectorCompensationCommitteeExecutiveCommitteeInvestmentCommitteeNominatingCommitteeDebraA. CafaroMemberMemberJay M. Gellert*MemberMemberMemberRichard I. Gilchrist*ChairChairMatthew J. Lustig*Roxanne M. Martino*MemberMemberWalter C. Rakowich*MemberRobert D. Reed*MemberJames D. Shelton*†MemberMemberMemberChairChairChair45022Total Number of Meetings:
  1. Hunt, V., Yee, L., Prince, S., Dixon-Fyle, S. McKinsey & Company. “Delivering through Diversity.” January 2018. www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/delivering-through-diversity.