General Growth Properties’ chief executive officer Sandeep Mathrani isn’t headed for a post in the Trump administration, sources tell WWD.
President-elect Donald Trump interviewed Mathrani last month for the U.S. trade representative job, and possibly one other position within the cabinet, among other candidates. Mathrani is considered a tough-but-fair dealmaker and negotiator, having effectively streamlined the GGP portfolio as well as making some high-profile property acquisitions, such as Manhattan’s Crown Building. He couldn’t be reached and a GGP spokesperson declined comment.
“Sandeep is friendly with Jared Kushner,” Trump’s son-in-law, said the source. “At the end of day he either didn’t want to do it, or the decision was made for him.”
In mid-December, GGP promoted Shobi Khan to president and chief operating officer, fueling speculation of Mathrani leaving GGP. Khan joined GGP in 2011 as chief operating officer to oversee all aspects of asset management and investment activities.
President-elect Trump is considering Jovita Carranza, founder and ceo of the business consulting firm JCR Groupa and former Small Business Administration executive, for U.S. trade representative.
She was a member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council during the campaign. Among others Trump is considering or has considered for the post include Dan DiMicco, former ceo of Nucor Steel; Robert Lighthizer, an attorney specializing in international trade at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and a former deputy U.S. trade representative in the Reagan administration; Wayne Berman, of the Blackstone Group and former Commerce official under President George H.W. Bush; and Rep. Charles Boustany (R.,La.)