Afshin Kateb

Afshin Kateb
Chief Financial Officer

Palladius Capital Management

Afshin Kateb recently joined Palladius Real Estate as the CFO and Senior Managing Director of hospitality. Mr Kateb brings Palladius over 25 years of commercial real estate operational, financial, investment  and lodging /hospitality industry experience having led and co-headed over $2 billion in transactions encompassing approximately 5 large-scale developments, 60 multifamily, 45 hotels and 2 million square feet of office and retail real estate projects.

Most recently, Mr. Kateb was the founding CFO of Nimes Real Estate where he managed finance department, including: accounting, tax, internal & external reporting, treasury/cash management, risk management, asset and project management, and financial planning & analysis. He was instrumental I and played an active senior role in the company’s acquisitions and project management areas.

Prior to joining Nimes, Mr. Kateb was the CFO and a principal at SBE where he provided strategic financial and operational oversight for its portfolio of hotels, restaurants and nightlife assets overseeing its expansion to Miami, NY, Las Vegas and other markets. In that capacity, he was responsible for investor and lender relations, financial reporting, taxation, risk management, treasury, asset management and business development.

Mr. Kateb joined SBE from Lowe Enterprises, where he was Senior Vice President of Lowe Enterprises Investors serving as portfolio manager for Lowe Hospitality Investment Partners (LHIP), a discretionary fund, comprised of institutional investors, that invested solely in hotel properties. In that capacity, he was responsible for operational and financial asset management of the portfolio, as well as some separate account hotels. Prior to Lowe, Mr. Kateb served as founding CFO and executive member of the KOR Group hotel, multifamily and development management companies. In that capacity he was responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting and reporting, risk, treasury, lender relations and project accounting management for a portfolio of hotels, multifamily, residential condominium and adaptive reuse projects.   

Prior to KOR, Mr. Kateb served as Corporate Director of Business Planning and Operations Analysis for Destination Hotel and Resorts (a Lowe Enterprises affiliate), where he developed the business planning process for the organization and provided analytical support to key executives. His deep understanding of business and finance broadened during his tenure at Ernst & Young where he stood as Senior Management Consultant on multiple national and international-based engagements involving market, financial and valuation and strategic analyses for a range of commercial real estate projects. He also served as Corporate Controller for Maruko Inc., overseeing an extensive portfolio of commercial and residential properties, and for ITT Sheraton Corporation, where he held management positions in accounting and food and beverage,

Mr. Kateb holds a B.S. in Accounting from Woodbury University, MBA from Pepperdine, and Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Grenoble Ecole de Management, France. He is a regular guest lecturer at UCLA Anderson school, UC Berkeley, and CalPoly Pomona. Mr. Kateb serves on the boards of Woodbury University, Cal Poly Pomona Collins College of Hospitality Management, Mogul Recruiter and Mogul Hotels.