CBRE – The global real estate advisor has appointed Ben Almond as an executive director in its corporate capital markets team. At CBRE he will assume a newly created role, responsible for broadening the range of services offered to clients within corporate capital markets and increasing the team’s operations across EMEA. He will be advising on the corporate real estate strategies of CBRE’s occupier clients, working closely with the A&T occupier business, to help them develop long and short-term capital solutions amid ongoing disruption. Almond will start his new role at the beginning of January. He recently served as global head of property at Pearson. He spent 15 years working in finance, capital markets and derivatives roles within leading investment banks.
Cushman & Wakefield – The real estate services firm has promoted Amy Cooper to succeed Robert Beaumont as head of London project management from 1 January 2021. Cooper’s appointment is one of two new appointments within the firm’s UK project and development services team as a result of Beaumont’s retirement at the end of the year after nearly 35 years with the firm. Cooper, a partner at Cushman & Wakefield, has been providing strategic advice and delivering major fit-out and relocation projects across the capital on behalf of the firm’s clients for more than 11 years. Edward Gregg will be taking on leadership of the firm’s occupier project management team, also effective 1 January 2021, with Sam Orwin continuing as head of investor project management.
Intermediate Capital – Chad Brown has been appointed managing director for the sale and leaseback strategy. Brown joins from CBRE, where he worked as a senior director in the EMEA corporate capital markets team. At ICG Brown will focus on seeking investment opportunities from the relatively untapped corporate owner-occupied European real estate sector.
bfinance – The investment consultancy has appointed Anna Morrison as senior director, private markets. Morrison joins the research team at bfinance’s London office. She will lead the private equity advisory practice. Morrison spent a number of years as an investment director at global institutional manager ,. She has also held over 10 advisory board positions. Before that, she was an investment associate and investment analyst, focusing on research and due diligence across strategies and geographies.
Nuveen Real Estate – Shusaku Watanabe has been appointed head of Japan real estate. Watanabe, who is also fund manager for Nuveen’s Tokyo multifamily partnership, launched in 2018, will relocate from Singapore, where he was previously director of Asia-Pacific capital markets, to the firm’s Tokyo office.
Greenman – The German real estate fund manager has appointed Catherine Choo as CIO. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for implementing and coordinating the firm’s digital and data transformation strategy across the investment management platform and funds. Choo was previously head of marketing at Greenman for nearly 10 years, working on the development of the firm’s flagship Greenman Open fund, which invests predominantly in food retail anchored property in Germany.