The Instant Group, Allsop, APG, Avison Young, CTP, KanAm Grund, WeWork, Colliers, KGAL, The Instant Group, Hyperco, Mission Street, Willhem, IPUT Real Estate, Ecological Planning & Research, CBRE IM, New Forests, BNP Paribas REIM
Colliers – Luke Dawson has been appointed head of global capital markets. Dawson will set the global strategic agenda for Colliers capital markets, which includes advising clients, providing value-added services to accelerate clients’ investment strategies, and connecting capital with opportunities across all asset classes around the world. In addition to his new mandate, he will retain his existing role as capital markets leader for EMEA. Dawson joined Colliers in 2004 as director of corporate development with a focus on M&A activity. Dawson then held several leadership roles within the Colliers capital markets business including business development, client engagement, investment sales and overall leadership across Central and Eastern European region. Most recently, as managing director of cross-border capital markets, he was responsible for executing the regional strategy and driving growth of the capital markets service line.
PGIM Real Estate – Eileen Yong has been appointed executive director and deputy portfolio manager for PGIM Real Estate’s Asia core strategy, based in Singapore. Yong will report to Vincent Chew, executive director and portfolio manager of the Asia core strategy. Yong steps in for Olivia Chow, portfolio manager, who will be moving internally to take on expanded portfolio management responsibilities in the region. Yong was most recently senior fund manager at LaSalle Investment Management leading the strategy, construction and investment decisions for two Asian mandates. Prior to that, she was a vice president at Aviva Investors’ real estate multi-manager team for eight years.
KGAL – The asset manager has appointed Britta Roden head of research. Roden was responsible for the investor as well as the consulting and financing perspective. Going forward, KGAL’s research department will be further expanded to keep pace with the group’s continued growth. Roden has almost 20 years of professional experience and was most recently employed at Münchner Hypothekenbank as head of real estate research. Having joined Münchner Hypothekenbank in 2018, she built up the research department and advised the management board on developments in the European real estate markets. Other professional positions she has held include several years as a bulwiengesa appraiser, head of research at Westdeutsche Immobilienbank, and research analyst and consultant at JLL, Invesco and ERM.
APG – Daniel Feldmann has joined APG as senior portfolio manager for listed investments within the Dutch pension fund manager’s Asia real estate investment strategies. Feldmann will be responsible for managing and covering listed investments within APG’s Asia real estate portfolios. Feldmann worked at Hazelview Investments for almost 11 years and was most recently a global securities investments partner. Before that, he was a global real estate securities analyst at 4IP Management.
KanAm Grund – Jacob Pretzell has been named head of fund management. He was previously director in the fund management division of KanAm Grund Institutional since January 2022. In his new position, Pretzell is responsible for the management of the specialised institutional real estate funds, the development of new fund strategies and the operational implementation of fund-related measures, as well as the personnel management of the division. He reports to Sascha Schadly, managing director of KanAm Grund Institutional. Before joining KanAm Grund, Pretzell worked for several years as director of fund management at GEG German Estate Group/DIC Asset and as senior asset manager at Mayfield Property.
CTP – Stefan de Goeij has rejoined as ESG and energy lead, after a two-year break, reporting directly to the company’s founder and CEO Remon Vos. He will help drive CTP’s sustainability agenda to ramp up its renewable energy output, establish clear standards for water, waste and materials management and recycling in new projects and standing CTParks, as well as align the company with the science-based target Initiative for establishing a road map to the net carbon neutral goal for the company’s entire operations. De Goeij worked as head of sustainability and property management services at global real estate consultancy Avison Young in the Czech Republic in 2021 and 2022. Prior to that, he was group head of property management and group sustainability officer at CTP Invest for 10 years. In addition to his role at CTP, De Goeij is chairman of the advisory board of RICS in the Czech Republic and lectures on ethics at the MBA real estate programme of the University of Economics and Business in Prague.
CBRE Investment Management – Sandy Padilla has been named APAC head of research, and David Inskip has been named EMEA head of research. In these new roles, Padilla and Inskip are each responsible for overseeing the research capabilities of their respective regions’ business. Padilla, who is based in Melbourne, previously served as a senior director within the APAC research team, with a focus on Pacific markets. Padilla joined CBRE Investment Management in 2010 in Los Angeles, where she served as a director in the global research team. Subsequent to her role in global research, she served on the portfolio team for one of the firm’s US open-end core funds and was based in New York. Padilla has been involved in various capacities in real estate research since 2001. Inskip, who is based in London and previously served as UK head of research, joined the firm in 2014. Prior to that, he was with CBRE, where he led the EMEA forecasting program, supported the capital markets business and advised on client strategy. Inskip began working in the property industry in 2011 as a UK economist for Grosvenor, although his experience in applying econometric and other quantitative methods in the analysis of property markets began in 2006. He also has several years’ experience in economic consultancy as senior economist at Experian business strategies.
New Forests – Mark Rogers is to become chief executive officer at New Forests, replacing David Brand, who takes on a newly-created role as chair of the Sydney-based firm, which he founded in 2005. Rogers will commence his new role in April. Rogers joined New Forests in 2016 as managing director, Australia-New Zealand, and took on additional responsibility for the US as senior managing director in 2019. Before joining New Forests, he held senior leadership roles across other real asset companies, where he was responsible for businesses and teams including acquisitions, distribution, project development and finance. In addition to chairing the firm, Brand will work on strategic growth opportunities for New Forests. He will continue to chair New Forests’ investment committees and will remain chair of New Forests until June 2025.
The Instant Group – The global flexible workspace marketplace has hired former Allsop partner Mark Dansky as director in their partnerships business. Dansky joins the client solutions team, led by executive director John Duckworth, where he will be responsible for growing partnership opportunities with landlords and other owners and operators of property assets. Dansky will work with landlords in finding flexible solutions for their assets during a time of unprecedented change in occupier demand. He joins from Allsop where he was an asset and investment manager to private clients and a partner in the national investment team.
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners – John Lucas, Quinbrook’s senior director- data strategies, will serve as Rowan Green Data platform’s interim chief executive officer ahead of further senior team appointments to be made over the coming months. Lucas joined Quinbrook from Amazon Web Services where he was head of renewables and energy procurement and oversaw its renewable power procurement efforts across the Americas. Bobby Hollis has been appointed as Rowan’s chief commercial officer. Hollis brings over two decades of experience across hyperscale data center and renewable energy project development, power procurement for data centers and energy market law and regulation. Dan McNary has been appointed as Rowan’s COO. McNary has over 25 years of experience with data center site selection, planning, design, construction, and commissioning of a diverse array of data center campus facilities. Most recently, McNary was the president of Constructiv Builders and CEO of PlanNet Consulting.
Hyperco – The Nordic-based data-centre company has appointed Christoffer Hillbom as chief operating officer. Based in Sweden, Hillbom will support the Hyperco team in providing critical capacity to hyperscale data centre customers. He has previously worked at Stack Infrastructure and DigiPlex, where he played a key role in negotiating hyperscale developments and leases in the Nordics.
Mission Street – Tim Funnell joins Mission Street’s advisory board to support the company’s expansion across core science markets in the UK. Funnell brings both investor and operator experience having invested in, founded and exited biotech companies in both the US and the UK. Funnell is a partner with Monograph Capital, a transatlantic venture capital fund investing across a range of therapeutic, platform and service companies operating within the life sciences sector. He currently acts as CEO of Ascend, a gene therapy manufacturing business and was a co-founder of MiroBio, which was recently acquired by Gilead. Previously, Funnell was entrepreneur in residence at Oxford Science Enterprises, in addition to company-build roles at Third Rock Ventures in Boston and Syncona in London.
Essensys – The flexible workspace technology company has appointed Daniel Brown as group chief revenue officer. He will lead Essensys’ revenue function, connecting sales, revenue operations, and marketing for the company as it continues to scale its business globally. Prior to Essensys, Brown worked for WeWork, where he built, directed and scaled global sales, strategy and operations for the company’s All Access business line. Most recently, he worked for Giraffe360, where he led global sales for the business. He has also previously held positions as head of sales for Livestream, director of sales for Handshake, and sales manager at Axial.
Willhem – Mariette Hilmersson has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Swedish residential property firm Willhem, which is owned by Swedish national pensions buffer fund AP1. She will take up her new role around the middle of this year, replacing Mikael Granath - the first CEO of the company when it was launched by AP1 13 years ago. Granath intends to retire. Hilmersson has been CEO of Region West at listed commercial property company Castellum since 2018 and was previously CEO of property manager AB Framtiden.
Ecological Planning & Research – Ben Kite who has been MD since 2016, has become the consultancy’s new group strategy director. Director and principal ecological consultant Alison Hogan assumes the MD role for the forthcoming three years. Hogan, a key member of the team for the past 20 years, has undertaken numerous ecological impact assessments, and designed and implemented ecological mitigation for many large-scale infrastructure projects. Kite’s new position will see him maintain project work with clients, keeping the firm at the forefront of the development and implementation of biodiversity and nature conservation-related policy and legislation in the UK. He will also take charge of the business development of a revolutionary new fish protection screen for water abstraction points, developed by Eco Screen.
Salmon Evolution – The Norwegian land-based salmon farming company has appointed Trond Håkon Schaug-Pettersen as CEO and Trond Vadset Veibust as CFO. Schaug-Pettersen was appointed CFO of Salmon Evolution in October 2020 and has since October 2022 also held the position of interim CEO. Before joining Salmon Evolution, he served over 4 years as SVP of finance and business development at salmon farmer and processor Hofseth International and, prior to that, 9 years as an investment banker at Swedbank/First Securities. Veibust comes from Ekornes where he has been for 8 years, of which the last 3 years as a member of the executive management. During his time at Ekornes, Veibust has held several executive positions, most recently as SVP for Ekornes’ global operations. Veibust has previously also worked 4 years at EY as an auditor. Veibust will join Salmon Evolution during the second quarter of 2023.
BNP Paribas REIM – Benoit de la Boulaye, CEO UK and member of the business line’s executive committee, has also become global CIO; Isabella Chacón Troidl, alongside her role as CIO for Germany, becomes CEO for the country and joins the business line’s executive committee; Vincenzo Nocerino, CIO for Italy, joins the business line’s executive committee. In his new role as Global CIO, De la Boulaye will coordinate the investment and asset management teams, boosting the ability to deploy inflows, rotate the AUM portfolios, and implement the ESG strategy at the asset level. He started his career at Caisse des Dépôts where he oversaw real estate transactions and portfolio management, before working as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group. He joined BNP Paribas REIM in 2011. Troidl takes over from Claus Thomas who will leave the company in the second quarter of the year. She will continue as CIO for the countries covered by the German teams (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, CEE and Scandinavia) and joins the business line’s executive committee. Troidl has been with BNP Paribas REIM Germany since 2007 (former iii-Investments), becoming CIO and member of the management board in 2018. Troidl gathered experience in real estate before in an international law firm in Barcelona. Nocerino has been CIO of BNP Paribas REIM Italy since 2020. He was previously head of transactions at UBS Real Estate & Private Markets and responsible for the firm’s business development and fundraising activities in Italy, having previously developed his transactional expertise at Schroders and AXA IM.
IPUT Real Estate – The Irish property has appointed Margaret Fleming and Danny McCoy independent directors to its board. Fleming is a career real estate professional and former board member of JLL in Ireland. She was appointed to the board of Hibernia REIT in January 2020 and served as non-executive director, chair of the investment committee and member of the development committee until the business was acquired and de-listed in 2022. McCoy is the CEO of Ibec. He was appointed as CEO in 2009. Prior to his role at Ibec, McCoy served as a senior economist and research officer at the Central Bank of Ireland and Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute. He has lectured at a number of leading Universities in Ireland and internationally; and has provided consultancy services to the European Commission and OECD. He is a board member of Balance for Better Business and a number of other organisations.