MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA) board member and co-CEO William Gorin has died at the age of 59, the company announced Aug. 11.

Gorin joined MFA in 1997 and was named CEO in January 2014. Before becoming CEO, Gorin served as president from 2008 to 2013. From 1997 to 2008, Gorin was executive vice president, and from 2001 to September 2010 he served as CFO. In addition, Gorin was treasurer and secretary at MFA.

Gorin also served as chair of NAREIT’s Mortgage REIT Council.

NAREIT President and CEO Steve Wechsler described Gorin as a “thoughtful and well-respected member of the REIT community” for two decades.

“Bill provided very effective and notably constructive leadership to the REIT industry as chair of NAREIT’s Mortgage REIT Council. His dedication to our industry was clearly evident as was his warmth, goodwill and graciousness to colleagues. Bill will be missed dearly by NAREIT and the REIT industry,” Wechsler said.

Prior to joining MFA, Gorin held various positions with PaineWebber Inc./Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc., and Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. /E.F. Hutton & Company Inc.

Gorin is survived by his wife Jody and two children, Allie and Matthew. He graduated from Brandeis University and received an MBA from Stanford University.