NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Sept. 19, 2013) -

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Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE:BAM) (TSX:BAM.A) (Euronext:BAMA) announced today that Jay Cornforth has been hired as global head of the company's industrial property business. Mr. Cornforth will join the company's Brookfield Property Group unit as a Managing Partner based in New York.

Mr. Cornforth comes to Brookfield after 10 years with Prologis and AMB, where he was most recently President of the east region responsible for development, acquisitions and property operations of 85 million square feet of operating assets in Toronto, Boston, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Central and South Florida.

"Brookfield has made a major commitment to the industrial sector and we are excited to have Jay, an experienced, proven industry veteran, join us to lead our growing industrial business," said Ric Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Brookfield Property Group.

Brookfield owns high-quality distribution facilities around the world. Upon the fourth quarter closing of leading industrial property company IDI, Brookfield will be one of the largest global owners of logistics facilities, with 62 million square feet and 79 million square feet of future development potential.

Earlier this year, Brookfield acquired Gazeley, a specialist developer of large scale logistics warehouses and distribution parks in key strategic locations across the UK, Western Europe and China. In December 2012, Brookfield acquired Verde, an owner, operator and developer of industrial distribution facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with over $175 billion in assets under management. The company has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. It has a range of public and private investment products and services, which leverage its expertise and experience and provide Brookfield with a competitive advantage in the markets where it operates. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA.

Brookfield Property Group is a commercial real estate owner, operator and investor operating globally. The company's diversified portfolio includes interests in over 300 office and retail properties encompassing approximately 250 million square feet. In addition, the company has interests in approximately 20,000 multi-family units, 35 million square feet of industrial space and a 19 million square foot office development pipeline. The company's goal is to be the leading global investor in best in class commercial property assets.

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Melissa Coley
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