Walter Rakowich is co-chief executive officer of Prologis. Having oversight of the company's operations, he is principally responsible for optimizing the synergies from the merger of AMB Property Corporation with Prologis and integrating the companies' two platforms.
Rakowich served as chief executive officer of Prologis from November 2008 until the merger with AMB in 2011. Prior to this, he served as president and chief operating officer from 2005 to 2008, and from 1998 to 2005 he was a managing director and chief financial officer. Previous to this, Rakowich held the position of senior vice president and director of the company's mid-Atlantic region, where he was responsible for expanding the reach of Prologis to the leading logistics markets in the Midwest and Atlantic states. Prior to joining Prologis, Rakowich was a partner with real estate provider Trammell Crow Company, where he worked for nine years; before that was a senior audit and tax consultant for Price Waterhouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rakowich serves on the real estate advisory boards of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University and Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, as well as on the Global Leadership Council at the Colorado State University. In addition, he serves as a member of the executive committee and board of governors for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the primary industry group for REITs in the United States. Rakowich also serves as a board member for a number of philanthropic and educational organizations in Colorado, including Colorado Christian University, the Alliance for School Choice in Education, Colorado Uplift, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Junior Achievement.
Rakowich received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Science, with distinction, in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.