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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 6, 2023


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On December 6, 2023, the board of directors of Ares Real Estate Income Trust Inc. (referred to herein as the “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) appointed Taylor M. Paul to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company. Lainie P. Minnick transitioned from Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the Company’s Head of Debt Capital Markets effective as of December 6, 2023.

Mr. Paul, age 44, is our Managing Director who served as our Chief Accounting Officer since March 2018. He has held various positions with us and our former sponsor since 2006, including as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer from 2018 to 2021. He has also held similar leadership roles at other companies sponsored by affiliates of our former sponsor. Mr. Paul is a Managing Director who has served as Chief Accounting Officer, Real Estate in the Ares Management Corporation Finance and Accounting Department since July 2021. Mr. Paul is also a Managing Director who has served as Chief Accounting Officer for Ares Industrial Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. since February 2019. Mr. Paul’s responsibilities have included financial reporting, corporate and property accounting, financial planning and analysis and treasury management. In his current role, Mr. Paul oversees all aspects of our accounting, budgeting, financial reporting functions and certain treasury management and compliance functions for the Company. Prior to joining us, Mr. Paul was with KPMG LLP from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Spanish from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and holds an active CPA license in the state of Colorado.

In connection with his appointment as an executive officer, Mr. Paul and the Company also entered into an Indemnification Agreement (the “Indemnification Agreement”), effective as of December 6, 2023, consistent with the form of Indemnification Agreement which is entered into between each executive officer of the Company. The Indemnification Agreement, requires, among other things, that, subject to certain limitations, the Company will indemnify Mr. Paul and advance to him all related expenses, subject to reimbursement if it is subsequently determined that indemnification is not permitted. The preceding summary of the Indemnification Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the form of Indemnification Agreement which the Company filed as Exhibit 10.4 to Amendment No. 5 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 (File No. 333-125338) filed with the SEC on January 13, 2006.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Ares Real Estate Income Trust Inc.

December 12, 2023



Jeffrey W. Taylor
Partner, Co-President