KKR Real Estate Finance Trust appoints CEO Matt Salem to its Board of Directors

– USA, NY –  KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. (NYSE: KREF) today announced the election of CEO Matt Salem to its Board of Directors, effective February 1, 2022.

“We are pleased to welcome Matt to the Board of Directors. KREF has benefited significantly from Matt’s leadership since its inception, and we look forward to his added insight and perspective as he joins the Board,” said Board Chairman, Ralph Rosenberg.

About Matthew Salem

Matt Salem joined KKR in 2015 and is a Partner and Head of KKR Real Estate Credit and CEO of KREF. He sits on KKR’s Real Estate Equity and Credit Investment Committees.

Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Salem was a managing director at Rialto Capital Management. Before joining Rialto in 2012, he was a managing director and head of CMBS trading at Goldman Sachs. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Mr. Salem held positions at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Alternative Investments where he invested in mezzanine debt and other high yield CRE credit on behalf of the Travelers Insurance Companies. He began his career in 1996 at Midland Loan Services in Kansas City. Mr. Salem has a B.A. in Economics from Bates College. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and as Chair of the B-Piece Buyer Forum.

About KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc.

KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. is a real estate finance company that focuses primarily on originating and acquiring senior loans secured by commercial real estate properties. KREF is externally managed and advised by an affiliate of KKR & Co. Inc.

For more information: https://www.kkrreit.com/

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