Gerardo Lopez is currently Operating Partner and the Head of Operating Group at Softbank Investment Advisers, Inc., the U.S. registered investment adviser subsidiary of the Japanese multinational SoftBank Group Corp.
Prior to his role at Softbank Group, Mr. Lopez was Operating Partner at High Bluff Capital, a private investment firm focused on consumer facing companies. Prior to High Bluff Capital, Mr. Lopez was the president and chief executive officer of Extended Stay America, Inc. and ESH Hospitality, Inc., the largest integrated owner and operator of company-branded hotels in North America. Before joining Extended Stay America, Mr. Lopez was the president and chief executive officer of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., an entertainment and theatrical exhibition company.
Prior to joining AMC, he served as Executive Vice President of Starbucks Corporation, where he also served as President of its Global Consumer Products, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Foodservice divisions. Mr. Lopez also served as President of the Handleman Entertainment Resources division of Handleman Company.
Mr. Lopez serves as member of the Board of Directors of CBRE Group, Inc., a real estate services and investment firm, and Realty Income Corp., a real estate investment trust.