Javier F. Bitar

Javier F. Bitar

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc.

Javier F. Bitar is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and has served in that capacity since June 2016. Mr. Bitar also currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of GCEAR II, positions he has held since June 2016. Mr. Bitar has over 33 years of commercial real estate related accounting and financial experience, including over 20 years of senior management-level experience. Mr. Bitar has been involved in over $11 billion of real estate transactions. Prior to joining GCC, from July 2014 to May 2016, Mr. Bitar served as the Chief Financial Officer of New Pacific Realty Corporation, a real estate investment and development company. From January 2014 to July 2014, Mr. Bitar served as the Proprietor of JB Realty Advisors, a real estate consulting and advisory company. From July 2008 to December 2013, Mr. Bitar served as the Chief Operating Officer of Maguire Investments, where he was responsible for overseeing operating and financial matters for the company’s real estate investment and development portfolio. Mr. Bitar also served as Senior Investment Officer at Maguire Properties, Inc. from 2003 to 2008 and as Partner and Senior Financial Officer at Maguire Partners from 1987 to 2003. Mr. Bitar graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.