People moves: Aviva makes three senior real estate hires [updated]
ATP, Danica, Macquarie Capital, Orchard Street, CityFibre Infrastructure, Aviva Investors, CBRE Global Investors, BMO Real Estate Partners, SC Capital Partners, Aberdeen Standard Investments, BlackRock, BRE Europe, Lendlease, AREF, Arbireo Capital, Union Investment, Demire, Cushman & Wakefield, Art-Invest Real Estate, CELLS Group
Aviva Investors – The manager has made three senior hires in newly-created roles to its direct real estate team. James Stevens, Stuart Cranna and Tania Green will join the team which is part of the manager’s £41bn real assets platform. Stevens has been appointed head of development for global real estate. He joins the company following eight years at Aberdeen Standard Investments where he worked as fund manager and head of UK development. Cranna has been appointed head of real estate services. He joins after six years at BlackRock, where he was head of enterprise services. Green has been appointed Yardi System Owner, with responsibility for enhancing data quality and performance metrics to facilitate smarter and faster decisions across the portfolio. She spent five years at BRE Europe, most recently as vice president in charge of IT applications.
Macquarie Group – Oliver Bradley has been named managing director for digital infrastructure investing within the company’s principal investment arm. At Macquarie Capital, Bradley will lead the principal investing strategy in the digital infrastructure space across Europe. Bradley is rejoining Macquarie having worked at the firm from 2005 to 2015. Most recently, he was corporate finance director at CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings. Before CityFibre, Bradley worked as a commercial specialist in HM Treasury.
SC Capital Partners – Jyoti Ramchandani has been appointed to replace Gillian Chee as fund manager for the SC Core Fund. Most recently, Ramchandani was managing director and head of investment in Asia, based in Singapore, with the Sydney-based global company, Lendlease. Chee will leave the company at the end of the month.
Cushman & Wakefield – Nicole Römer has been appointed to lead the he real estate services firm’s retail investment in Germany. Römer joins from Art-Invest Real Estate, where she held the position of head of retail. She previously worked for JLL for nine years. She joins Cushman & Wakefield as an international partner. Jan-Philip Zur has joined the German retail investment team. he was previously a director of investment and development at CELLS Group. He began his career at JLL. Zur joins the company as a partner.
Danske Shoppingcentre – The shopping centres joint venture set up between ATP Real Estate and Danica Pension has appointed Michael Nielsen CFO. Having left his long-term job as CEO of ATP at the end of December, Nielsen is starting work in his new role in Copenhagen on 1 February.
AREF – The association of real estate funds has appointed Rebecca Middleton and Paolo Alonzi board directors. Middleton is from DTZ Investors and Alonzi is from Aberdeen Standard Investments. PGIM Real Estate’s Paul Dennis-Jones has stepped down from the board, after eight years as a director, two of which were as chairman.
Orchard Street Investment Management – Associate partner Tom Chadwick has been promoted to partner. He joined the specialist commercial property investment manager in 2014 as investment transactions manager. Prior to that, he worked at Aviva Investors, where he started his career in 2008 and worked across a range of the institution’s funds. In his new role, Chadwick will continue to focus on leading acquisitions across UK direct real estate while also managing client mandates and working to grow Orchard Street’s assets under management.
BMO Real Estate Partners – Adrien Brion has been promoted to the position of director for head of operations. Brion joined the company in October 2015 as European portfolio manager. Prior to joining BMO REP, he was portfolio manager at CBRE Global Investors in Paris and London and previous to that was in charge of the asset management of the Deka Immobilien Paris portfolio. He started his career as a valuer at Credit Foncier.
Demire Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate – Tim Brückner has joined the company’s executive board. Brückner will be responsible for the finance department. Brückner began his career at ING BHF-Bank in Frankfurt and HSBC Bank in London. From August 2007 until March 2012, he was an executive at Rothschild international investment bank. From May 2012 until January 2019, he worked at Corpus Sireo Real Estate.
Arbireo Capital – Theodor Kubak has been appointed to lead the newly created hospitality platform. The former Union Investment managing director will be responsible for all hotel investments with an initial focus on Germany and Europe. Kubak began his career in the hotel segment in 1983. In 1997, he was co-founder of Servus International, a consulting specialist for hotel investment. He joined Union Investment Real Estate in 2007.