Management and Board
of Directors

Corporate
Governance

Committee
Composition

Management Team

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Edward B Pitoniak, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Pitoniak is VICI’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of our board of directors. Previously, Mr. Pitoniak served as Vice Chairman of Realterm, a private equity real estate manager. From 2006 to 2019 Mr. Pitoniak served as an independent director at Ritchie Brothers (NYSE: RBA), the world’s largest auctioneers of construction equipment, and during that tenure served at times as Compensation Committee Chair and Nominating & Governance Committee Chair. In April 2014, Mr. Pitoniak became Managing Director of InnVest, a publicly listed REIT, responsible for recapitalizing the REIT and transitioning its management function from an external, third-party management model, to an internal management model. He then served as Chairman from June 2015 to August 2016, when the REIT was sold and taken private. He also served as a director of Regal Lifestyle Communities (TSE: RLC), a Canadian seniors housing real estate owner and operator, from 2012 until its sale in 2015. Mr. Pitoniak retired in 2009 from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of bcIMC Hospitality Group, a hotel property and brand ownership entity (formerly a public income trust called Canadian Hotel Income Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“CHIP”)), where he was employed from 2004 to 2009. As Chief Executive Officer of CHIP, he led the company to four consecutive years of total return leadership among Canadian hotel REITs, and then to a sale in 2007. Mr. Pitoniak was also a member of CHIP’s Board of Trustees before it went private. Prior to joining CHIP, Mr. Pitoniak was a Senior Vice-President at Intrawest Corporation, a ski and golf resort operator and developer, for nearly eight years. Before Intrawest, Mr. Pitoniak spent nine years with Times Mirror Magazines, where he served as editor-in-chief and associate publisher with Ski Magazine. Mr. Pitoniak has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College. Mr. Pitoniak provides our board of directors with valuable experience in the hospitality, entertainment and real estate industries and, in particular, with respect to publicly held REITs. Our Company and our board of directors also benefit from Mr. Pitoniak’s extensive previous and current board service. In addition, Mr. Pitoniak’s position as our Chief Executive Officer allows him to advise our board of directors on management’s perspective over a full range of issues affecting the Company.

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John Payne, President & Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Payne is our President and Chief Operating Officer. He has over 21 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality business, and a track record of achieving superior results. Prior to this, Mr. Payne served as the Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., a position he held from 2014. He served as Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s President of Central Markets and Partnership Development from 2013 to 2014, its President of Enterprise Shared Services from 2012 to 2013, its President of Central Division from 2007 to 2012, and Atlantic City Regional President in 2006. In 2005, Mr. Payne also served as the Gulf Coast Regional President. Mr. Payne served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s New Orleans from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Payne is a Board Member of the Audubon Institute, Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans and the Business Council of New Orleans as well as being the Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village. Mr. Payne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University.

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David Kieske, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kieske is our Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years of real estate experience. He joins VICI from Wells Fargo Securities / Eastdil Secured where he most recently served as Managing Director in the Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Group. In his role, Mr. Kieske was responsible for providing capital raising and financial advisory services to companies in the real estate and lodging industries. Throughout his career he has been directly involved in more than $75B of real estate transactions, including public and private debt, equity and equity-linked offerings, as well as a range of merger, acquisition and asset transactions. Prior to Eastdil, he worked in the Real Estate & Lodging Investment Banking Groups at both Citigroup and Bank of America. Early in his career, he was a senior accountant at Deloitte & Touche and Assistant Vice President & Corporate Controller at TriNet Corporate Realty Trust. Mr. Kieske received his MBA from the University of California Los Angeles and BS from UC Davis.

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Samantha Gallagher, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Ms. Gallagher is our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. She has over 15 years of real estate, capital markets and corporate law experience. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO). In this role, Ms. Gallagher held leadership responsibility for all corporate governance matters, Securities and Exchange Commission and NYSE compliance, structuring of corporate-level transactions, overseeing property-level and corporate acquisitions and dispositions, supervising litigation matters, as well as managing outside counsel. Ms. Gallagher also oversaw the negotiation and documentation pertaining to First Potomac Realty Trust’s recently completed merger with Government Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:GOV) in October 2017. Previously, Ms. Gallagher was a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, Bass, Berry & Sims plc, and Hogan Lovells US LLP. Ms. Gallagher received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, and her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, summa cum laude.

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Gabriel Wasserman, Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Wasserman is our Chief Accounting Officer and is responsible for the oversight of the Company’s accounting, tax, treasury, SEC reporting and lease administration functions. He is also involved in structuring lease and credit agreements. Prior to joining VICI, he was the Controller of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT). Previously, Mr. Wasserman was a senior manager in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young where he served a diverse group of real estate clients including publicly traded REITs, private equity funds and commercial owners, operators and developers. Mr. Wasserman received a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from Washington University in St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds and was previously on the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York.

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James R Abrahamson, Independent Chair

Mr. Abrahamson served as Chairman of Interstate Hotels & Resorts (“Interstate”), the leading US-based global hotel management company comprising over 500 hotels until the sale of Interstate to Aimbridge Hospitality in October 2019. He previously served as Interstate’s Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to March 2017; he was named to the additional position of Chairman in October 2016. Mr. Abrahamson served as an independent director at LaQuinta Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LQ) from November 2015 to May 2018, and has served as a director of CorePoint Lodging Inc.(NYSE: CPLG), a REIT comprised of over 300 hotels, since it was spun out of La Quinta Holdings, Inc. at the end of May 2018. Mr. Abrahamson is also an independent director at BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV), the largest provider of commercial landscape design and maintenance services in the United States. Mr. Abrahamson also held senior leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG), Hyatt Corporation, Marcus Corporation and Hilton Worldwide. At IHG, where he served from 2009 to 2011, he served as President of the Americas division and, from 2010 to 2011, as executive director. At Hyatt, which he joined in 2004, he was Head of Development for the Americas division. At Marcus, where he served from 2000 to 2004, Mr. Abrahamson was President of the Baymont Inn and Suites and Woodfield Suites hotels division consisting of approximately 200 properties, both owned and franchised. At Hilton, where he served from 1988 to 2000, Mr. Abrahamson oversaw the Americas region franchise division for all Hilton brands and launched the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Mr. Abrahamson has served as president of the Marriott International National Association owners’ organization in 2017 and 2018, and has served as national board chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association in 2015 and 2016 and as national board chair of the U.S. Travel Association in 2013 and 2014. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Abrahamson’s vast experience in, and knowledge of, the hospitality industry will provide our board of directors with valuable insight into the industry. Mr. Abrahamson’s skills gained from extensive previous and current board service in public and private companies will also be valuable for our Company and our board of directors.

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Diana Cantor, Independent Director & Chair of the Audit Committee

Ms. Cantor is currently a Partner with Alternative Investment Management, LLC, an independent, privately-held investment firm with a focus on private equity and hedge funds – a position she has held since January 2010. She is the Vice Chairman of the Virginia Retirement System, where she also serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee. Ms. Cantor was a Managing Director with New York Private Bank and Trust from January 2008 through the end of 2009. Ms. Cantor served as founding Executive Director of the Virginia College Savings Plan, the state’s 529 college savings program, from 1996 to January 2008. Ms. Cantor served as Vice President of Richmond Resources, Ltd. from 1990 through 1996, and as Vice President of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1985 to 1990. Ms. Cantor has served on the Board of Directors of Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) since October 2005 and the Board of Directors of Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) since 2012, and continues to serve on both. She previously served on the Boards of Directors of Media General Inc., Revlon, Inc., Vistage International, Inc., Knowledge Universe Education LLC, Edelman Financial Services, LLC (previously The Edelman Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: EF)), and Service King Body and Paint LLC. Ms. Cantor is a Member of the State Bars in Virginia, Florida and New York, and holds the Certified Public Accountant designation. Ms. Cantor earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami, a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida. Ms. Cantor’s diverse background in investment management, real estate and financial services strengthens our board of directors in its collaboration with our executive leadership team to create unparalleled value within the leisure, gaming, and hospitality REIT segments.

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Monica Howard Douglas, Independent Director

Ms. Douglas currently serves as General Counsel, North America for The Coca-Cola Company – a position she has held since January 2018. Ms. Douglas also served as Legal Director for The Coca-Cola Company in South Africa from September 2013 through December 2017 and a Vice-President of Supply Chain and Consumer Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company from 2008 through 2013. Ms. Douglas began her career as an attorney at Troutman Sanders in the labor and employment group. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Douglas has demonstrated a strong commitment to philanthropic efforts. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement USA, an organization that provides programs for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, which foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills; a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., membership organization of mothers with children ages two through nineteen, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty; and a member of Cool Girls, Inc., an organization dedicated to the self-empowerment of girls. Ms. Douglas is also a member of the National Bar Association, the Georgia Bar, and the Georgia Women’s Bar Association. In May 2019, Ms. Douglas was recognized as a Diversity Champion by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

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Elizabeth I Holland, Independent Director

Ms. Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Credit Corporation and Abbell Associates, LLC, a 77-year-old privately held real estate acquisition, development and management company with a portfolio of shopping center, office and enclosed mall properties. She has held these roles since 1997. Ms. Holland is also the Chief Executive Officer of Consortial Technologies, LLC, a privately held company. Prior to joining Abbell Associates, Ms. Holland was a senior staff attorney on the National Bankruptcy Review where she was a member of a Congressional commission charged with making recommendations to Congress for bankruptcy code reform. Prior to that, she was a restructuring and business reorganization attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City. Ms. Holland is an independent trustee of Federal Realty Investment Trust, a leading shopping center REIT. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving as the organization’s Chairman from 2016 – 2017, Vice Chairman from 2015 – 2016 and currently serves the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute and its CRC Blue Council. Ms. Holland earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College.

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Craig Macnab, Independent Director & Chair of the Compensation Committee

Mr. Macnab held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE: NNN), a real estate investment trust that acquires, owns, invests in and develops properties that are leased primarily to retail tenants, since 2008 (with his service as Chief Executive Officer beginning in 2004). Mr. Macnab retired from NNN in April 2017. Mr. Macnab is an independent director of Cadillac Fairview Corporation (a private company), since 2011 and of American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT), since 2014 and served as a director of Forest City Realty Trust (NYSE:FCEA) from 2017 to 2018, Eclipsys Corporation from 2008 to 2014, and DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) from 2003 to 2015. Mr. Macnab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. Mr. Macnab will bring to our Company and board of directors extensive experience leading a publicly held REIT as well as skills gained from vast public and private board experience.

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Edward B Pitoniak, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Pitoniak is VICI’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Pitoniak served as Vice Chairman of Realterm, a private equity real estate manager, and as an independent director on the board of directors of Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA). In April 2014, Mr. Pitoniak became Managing Director of InnVest, a publicly listed REIT, responsible for recapitalizing the REIT and transitioning its management function from an external, third-party management model, to an internal management model. He then served as Chairman from June 2015 to August 2016, when the REIT was sold and taken private. He also served as a director of Regal Lifestyle Communities (TSE: RLC), a Canadian seniors housing real estate owner and operator, from 2012 until its sale in 2015. Mr. Pitoniak retired in 2009 from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of bcIMC Hospitality Group, a hotel property and brand ownership entity (formerly a public income trust called Canadian Hotel Income Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CHIP), where he was employed from 2004 to 2009. As Chief Executive Officer of CHIP, he led the company to four consecutive years of total return leadership among Canadian hotel REITs, and then to a sale in 2007. Mr. Pitoniak was also a member of CHIP’s Board of Trustees before it went private. Prior to joining CHIP, Mr. Pitoniak was a Senior Vice-President at Intrawest Corporation, a ski and golf resort operator and developer, for nearly eight years. Before Intrawest, Mr. Pitoniak spent nine years with Times Mirror Magazines, where he served as editor-in-chief and associate publisher with Ski Magazine. Mr. Pitoniak has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College. Mr. Pitoniak provides our board of directors with valuable experience in the hospitality, entertainment and real estate industries and, in particular, with respect to publicly held REITs. Our Company and our board of directors also benefit from Mr. Pitoniak’s extensive previous and current board service. In addition, Mr. Pitoniak’s position as our Chief Executive Officer allows him to advise our board of directors on management’s perspective over a full range of issues affecting the Company.

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Michael D Rumbolz, Independent Director & Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Mr. Rumbolz is Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI), a developer of gaming products and services and a member of the board of managers of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, LLC. Mr. Rumbolz served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Employers Holding, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) until May 2020 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cash Systems, Inc., a provider of cash access services to the gaming industry, from 2005 until 2008 when Cash Systems, Inc. was acquired by Everi. Mr. Rumbolz also has from time to time provided consulting services and held a number of public and private sector employment positions in the gaming industry, including serving as Member and Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board from 1985 through 1988. Mr. Rumbolz is also the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Casino Data Systems in 2001, was the President and CEO of Anchor Gaming from 1995 to 2000, was the director of Development for Circus Circus Enterprises (later Mandalay Bay Group) from 1992 to 1995, and was the President of Casino Windsor at the time of its opening in Windsor, Ontario in 1995. In addition, Mr. Rumbolz is the former Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Nevada. Mr. Rumbolz’ experience in the highly regulated gaming industry, both as an operator and as a regulator, will be of value to our Company and our board of directors. Our Company and our board of directors will also benefit from Mr. Rumbolz’ extensive previous and current public and private board service.