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CA Ventures Promotes John Diedrich to Global Head of Investments

November 8, 2019

CA Ventures, a Chicago-based real estate investment company, today announced the promotion of John Diedrich to the newly created position of global head of investments. In his expanded role, Diedrich will oversee all acquisitions and development activity throughout the U.S., Europe and South America, with a specific emphasis on student and multifamily housing.

“John is a trusted leader who, over the past decade, has been instrumental in growing CA into the global, diversified investment management company it is today,” said Tom Scott, chief executive officer of CA Ventures. “Our team and portfolio may be significantly larger than when John joined the firm, but the entrepreneurial spirit that has fueled our growth – and that John has instilled in his colleagues along the way –  is more important than ever as we look to nearly triple the value of our portfolio over the next five years to $30 billion.”

Diedrich joined CA in 2008 as a senior financial analyst and was subsequently promoted to executive vice president of investments. He has been involved in every deal executed by CA during his tenure with the company – a period during which its portfolio valuation has grown from $400 million to $10 billion – while playing a key role in the firm’s expansion across asset classes and geographic markets both domestically and internationally.

As global head of investments, Diedrich will help streamline the approval of new projects and pursuits; establish further consistency in the underwriting process; expedite capital raises and project closings; oversee corporate revenue projections; direct forecasting and balance sheet management; and grow CA’s alternative investment products and EB-5 business through CAV Finance.

“As CA has grown as a company, I’ve grown professionally, and I look forward to starting the next chapter of my career at the place where it all began,” Diedrich said. “Our success over this past decade is a testament to Tom Scott’s ability to assemble and grow an industry-leading team – by investing in talent, we’re able to invest in real estate using a proven model that is both scalable and sustainable.”

Diedrich holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois.

About CA Ventures:

CA Ventures LLC is a Chicago-based real estate investment holding company whose international portfolio includes $10.2 billion in assets throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America. While initially focused on student housing, CA Ventures has since diversified into other sectors, including office, senior lifestyle, multifamily, hospitality and industrial. In addition to development and renovation, the firm specializes in institutional joint ventures; value-add investing; equity and debt sourcing; and asset management services. CA Ventures serves as the holding company for the CA family of companies, including CA Student Living, CA Senior Living, CA Residential, CA Industrial and CAV International. For more information, visit


John Diedrich has been promoted to global head of investments at CA Ventures.