Sirius Real Estate, Trammell Crow Company, Mountpark, Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Management, Investec, JLL, Castleforge Partners, CapitaLand, Union Investment, Erste Group Bank, PGIM Real Estate, Henley Investments, Ekistics Property Advisors, Mischon de Reya, Fladgate, Gecina, Plenisfer Investments, GCM Grosvenor, UKIB, HSBC, ATP Real Estate, Alecta Fastigheter, Schroders Capital, CBRE GI
PGIM Real Estate – The real estate manager has appointed Raimondo Amabile as global CIO, expanding on his existing role as head of Europe and Latin America. In addition to his leadership of Europe and Latin America, as global CIO, Amabile will be responsible for overseeing PGIM Real Estate’s macro investment strategy globally, focusing on broad thematic trends that will connect directly to the regional investment strategies. A key area of focus will be connecting PGIM Real Estate’s data, proprietary market insights and research, with new technological innovations — such as artificial intelligence and predictive technologies — to help drive allocation and investment decisions.
Trammell Crow Company – Mario Sander has been appointed country head of Germany and Austria logistics. Based in Hamburg, he will be responsible for the overall direction, strategy, sourcing, acquisition, financing for the development of large-scale logistics development projects for the firm throughout Germany and Austria. Prior to joining TCC, Sander served as the MD of Central Europe for Mountpark. He has also held various executive positions at DHL Supply Chain, Prologis, Transporeon and Zech Group.
Union Investment – Jenni Wenkel has been appointed to the management board of Union Investment Real Estate Austria. As CIO, she will be responsible for investment management at the Vienna-based property fund manager. She replaces Kurt Rossmüller, who will henceforth be primarily involved in a strategic growth project at Union Investment. Wenkel joins Union Investment from Erste Group Bank, where she has held various positions over the past 13 years. Most recently, as head of corporate real estate asset management she was responsible for strategic portfolio management, asset management and investment management in Austria and in Central and Eastern Europe for nearly nine years. From 2016 onwards, she was also project manager and client representative for the Rosewood Vienna hotel development.
ATP Real Estate – Vibeke Bak Solok has been appointed as the new chief financial officer at ATP Real Estate (ATP Ejendomme) and is set to start work at the Danish pension fund subsidiary on 14 September. Back in March, the firm had announced that the job would go to Maiken Moltke Olesen, who was due to start in June. However, Moltke Olsen was in fact poached by Nykredit before starting at ATP Real Estate. Bak Solok has previously worked at Danske Bank as COO within group risk management as well as having been accounting director at the bank. At ATP Real Estate, she will take on managerial responsibility for the financial, accounting and IT areas. She will also help set the strategic agenda and strengthen the organisation at all levels.
Schroders Capital – Iris Aalders has joined in the newly-created role of head of real estate client and product management. Based in London, she will be responsible for investor servicing and product management for the global real estate business. Aalders will lead the day-to-day management of the real estate product managers globally, working closely with the fund managers and local sales teams to service Schroders Capital’s expanding client base and anticipate their requirements. She has spent the majority of her career to date at CBRE Global Investors and CBRE, most recently as global executive director of client care for continental Europe and Asia Pacific based in Amsterdam and Singapore. Sam Murphy, who joined Schroders eight years ago, has moved internally to become the product manager responsible for the real estate debt and hotel fund offerings. Maisie Donati has also joined the team as a product executive to support the various product managers.
Alecta Fastigheter - Jenny Lindholm has been appointed as the CIO of Alecta Fastigheter, the real estate subsidiary of Sweden’s largest pension fund. She is replacing Johanna Boltzius who left Alecta Fastigheter before the summer, for a new role as CEO of Swedish property firm Nybrofast. Lindholm will take up her new role in October and be responsible for transactions and analysis, initially in Sweden, but in future in other Nordic countries too. In line with the expansion plan for Alecta Fastigheter, the focus will be on real estate acquisition, a spokesman for Alecta said. Alecta Fastigheter was formed at the beginning of this year, and is to manage SEK45bn of Alecta’s directly-held Swedish properties and Swedish joint ventures, and is aiming to double in size within a few years.
UK Infrastructure Bank – John Flint has been appointed as the first permanent chief executive for the newly created UK infrastructure bank. Flint most recently held the role of group CEO of HSBC, a company where he spent 30 years. He first joined as a graduate trainee in 1989 before holding various senior leadership positions across the business including as CEO of global asset management, group treasurer and deputy head of global markets. UKIB opened in June to accelerate investment in ambitious infrastructure projects in sectors including clean energy, transport, digital, water and waste. Flint will be tasked with leading the UKIB to accelerate investment into ambitious infrastructure projects that cut emissions and help level up every part of the UK.
Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Management – Andrew Ewe has been appointed senior associate within the investment team. Ewe will support the company’s digital infrastructure initiatives with responsibility for financial analysis, the analyst team, deal management and origination across Europe and North America. He joins from Investec, where he spent almost four years working in their infrastructure and power sector banking group. He has also held roles at Deloitte in the government and infrastructure team as well as global infrastructure and audit roles at Mazars.
Castleforge Partners – The London-based property investment firm has appointed Christian Lerche to head its asset management in mainland Europe and to support further European growth, following its recent expansion into the German commercial market. Based in Germany, Lerche joins Castleforge from CapitaLand International where he was director of portfolio management. Prior to this, Lerche was director of asset mnagement at Cording Real Estate Group where he managed multiple office assets across Germany, and partner at real estate debt fund Bright Capital. He is also a former director at Tristan Capital Partners.
JLL –Paweł Sztejter has been appointed vice president of JLL Poland’s management board. He takes over from Kazimierz Kirejczyk who will continue his strategic work with JLL’s residential team. JLL’s residential department, which Sztejter has headed since 2018, includes the residential market research, development advisory and transaction advisory teams. Previously, Sztejter and Kirejczyk had established and developed over a 25-year period REAS, a consultancy company that provided comprehensive residential advisory services. Following the JLL’s acquisition of REAS in December 2018, his remit included strengthening services in the area of transaction consultancy in the residential market, a sector in which JLL leads the way in Poland.
Gecina – The French real estate investment trust has appointed Pierre-Emmanuel Bandioli as executive director residential, Béatrice Judel as commercial director and Nicolas Broband as residential strategic management director, while Amaury Blaire will be director of YouFirst Residence, with operational responsibility for the portfolio of Homya, Gecina’s residential subsidiary. Bandioli will continue to head up YouFirst Campus. Bandioli joined Gecina in 2019 as director of student housing operations. Before joining Gecina, Bandioli was commercial director for white goods with Beko France. Judel joined Gecina in September 2018 as head of transactions and marketing for the residential division. She was previously marketing, digital and communication director for the Pierre&Vacances-Center Parcs Group’s real estate branch. Broband joined Gecina in 2019 as transformation director. Broband began his career with the French Ministry of Finance. Blaire joined Gecina in 2010 as a mission manager with internal audit, before being appointed as risk and compliance director in 2018, then portfolio director in 2019. He began his career in 2005 as a financial auditor with Deloitte then PwC.
Henley Investments – The private equity real estate firm has appointed Axel Waldecker as its new investment director to focus on investment opportunities across continental Europe. Waldecker joins Henley from Ekistics Property Advisors where he was managing director, contributing to his 11 years working in the investment industry.
Plenisfer Investments – Dhruv Narain has been appointed senior real assets and infrastructure portfolio manager. Dhruv brings to Plenisfer’s investment team twenty years of experience and expertise in real asset investments, in particular in infrastructures and natural resources, and will contribute to the creation of new business lines that Plenisfer intends to launch in this area. Dhruv joins Plenisfer’s team after being MD of infrastructure investments in London with GCM Grosvenor since 2019. At that firm, he was also a member of the real assets and ESG committees. Previously, he led investing activities of the global infrastructure and natural resources division at Abu Dhabi Investment Council, where he held the position of head of direct and co-investments. Dhruv joined ADIC in 2013 after having led numerous direct investments in infrastructure in the power and renewables, oil and gas, transport and TMT sectors in Asia at Washington DC and Hong Kong offices of International Finance Corporation. Previously, he had worked for Macquarie Capital and HSBC across activities in real estate and energy in the US, Europe and Asia.
Sirius Real Estate – Joanne Kenrick has been appointed to the company’s board as an independent non-executive director. Kenrick has had a commercial marketing career spanning over 30 years and has extensive listed, private and charitable board experience. For five years until 2015, she was the marketing and digital director for Homebase, prior to which she was CEO of Start. Her former roles include marketing and customer proposition director for B&Q and marketing director at Camelot Group. She was previously a non-executive director of Principality Building Society for six years, during which time she was also a member of the audit and conduct risk committees. Kenrick is currently a non-executive director of Safestore Holdings; a non-executive Director and remuneration committee chair for both Welsh Water and Coventry Building Society, as well as being deputy chair and the senior independent director for the latter; and chair of Switching Services Participant Committee and of PayM for Pay.uk. She is also chair of trustees of the charity Make Some Noise.
Fladgate – The UK law firm has appointed Sarah Conibeere as a partner in its residential real estate team. Conibeere joins Fladgate from Mischon de Reya, where she worked as a managing associate in the firm’s residential property group specialising in transactions and deals in leasehold and freehold properties, most frequently in the London area. Conibeere spent 13 years at Mischon de Reya. Before joining Mischon de Reya, Conibeere held a number of roles at Seddons, Jennings Son & Ash and Simply Law.