Edward (Ward) Fitzgerald III
Board of Directors
Ward Fitzgerald is the Global CEO of EQT Exeter, an international real estate equity fund investment group and real estate development and operating company with offices in 40 locations in the US, Europe, Asia, Brazil, and Mexico. During his leadership of Exeter, founded in 2006 and merged with EQT AB Sweden in April 2021, the organization has raised over 30 investment vehicles totaling over $20 billion in equity capital representing pension, sovereign wealth, endowment, insurance, and foundation partners from around the globe. These vehicles have made over 1,000 real estate transactions in the warehouse/logistics, multi-family, and office/life science sectors totaling in excess of $50 billion. Prior to Exeter, Mr. Fitzgerald worked as part of the senior management team at Liberty Property Trust, a $7 billion publicly traded office and industrial REIT, which he helped take public in 1994. In addition to his business endeavors, Mr. Fitzgerald has served as Board Member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart, Fields Development Committee Notre Dame Academy in Villanova, Real Estate Board Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Board of Trustees for LaSalle College High School, and currently sits on the Business Advisory Council and established FIRE – The Fitzgerald Institute of Real Estate at the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Kathy are members of The Papal Foundation, and he served the Holy Father as a Vice-Chair for the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia in 2015, for which he and his wife were named Dame and Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Saint Gregory the Great. They also serve the community through philanthropy focused on medical research, having funded research grants for the EDS Society, Dysautonomia Society, Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia, University of Oklahoma, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Rotonda Italy. Their philanthropy also includes serving the hungry and homeless in Philadelphia through The Broad Street Ministries and Project HOME.