About William J. McMorrow
William J. McMorrow ’69, MBA ’70 is chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson, an international real estate investment firm.
McMorrow purchased the firm in 1988 as a real estate auction company and has expanded it into a publicly traded company with more than $17 billion in assets under management worldwide, including 68 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties and 18,000 multifamily units. Since 2010, Kennedy Wilson has been one of the most active global investors in real estate with approximately $12 billion of purchases.
McMorrow, who serves on the USC Board of Trustees, also serves on the Executive Board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, which advances real estate knowledge and addresses issues that affect the industry. The Center is jointly run by the USC Marshall School of Business and the USC Price School of Public Policy.
About Chris Allen, Executive Director of the William J. McMorrow Global Real Estate Initiative
Chris Allen MBA ’09 was named the Executive Director of the McMorrow Global Real Estate Initiative in 2017. Prior to heading up the McMorrow Initiative, Allen was the Director of Corporate Relations at USC Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting. Before joining USC, Allen enjoyed a career in the private and public sectors working for the Atlanta Braves, both chambers of the U.S. Congress, U.S. Sales Corporation, Hoffman Video Systems and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting. Allen sits on the Board of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House and is the former Vice Chair of Foothill Vocational Opportunities.