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John Alderson

Vice President Development, Westfield Corp.

As vice president development for Westfield Corp., John Alderson is helping spearhead the $600-million renovation and expansion of the company’s UTC center, which will be fully open by first quarter 2018. The project – featuring a new Nordstrom department store and 250,000 square feet of additional retail, restaurant and event space – will make the La Jolla site Westfield’s flagship property in San Diego County. Previously, Alderson served as a development director for Westfield. He serves on the boards of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP San Diego and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

ALMA MATER: Northern Arizona University