CBRE, Federated Hermes, Catella IM Benelux, PGIM Real Estate, Hines, DWS Korea, Hulic, Blackstone, Centrica, Heitman, Battersea Power Station, Landsec, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, British Property Federation, Trammell Crow Company, P3 Logistic Parks
PGIM Real Estate – Sebastiano Ferrante, currently head of Germany and Italy, will become deputy head of Europe. In this newly created role, Ferrante will be responsible for European Portfolio Management across PGIM Real Estate’s private debt and pan-European equity strategies. Jocelyn de Verdelon, currently head of France, Spain and Portugal, will become head of transactions, Europe. This new role will further integrate the firm’s pan-European investment strategy, as the business grows and continues to navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead. Dominik Brambring has been appointed head of Germany, Austria and Netherlands. Brambring is currently head of transactions for Germany and the Netherlands. Nabil Mabed has been named head of France, Spain and Portugal. Mabed is currently head of Transactions for France and Spain. Paul Stanford has been appointed head of UK and Ireland. Stanford is currently head of Asset Management UK. David Gingell, currently executive director on the debt business, will become head of senior debt Europe.
CBRE – The global real estate advisor has appointed Christian Judd as a director in its capital advisors team in Ireland. Judd joins from Federated Hermes International where he was responsible for real estate corporate finance transactions. Prior to that, he was in the real estate corporate finance team at EY.
Heitman – The global real estate investment management firm has appointed Zhuo Raymond Zhang as a new member of its client service and marketing group, and will serve as head of Greater China and Southeast Asia. In addition, Brad Fu and Yunjung Choi have been named co-directors of Heitman’s Asia-Pacific private equity business. Prior to joining Heitman, Zhang was a managing director and partner at China Orient Summit Capital and was responsible for investment and global business development. He previously worked at Gaw Capital where he was responsible for the investment in the Greater China region. He started his career at B+H Architects in Toronto. Fu and Choi’s responsibilities as co-directors of Heitman’s Asia-Pacific private equity group, include the day-to-day management of Heitman’s Asia-Pacific private equity operations, in addition to roles they presently serve in as head of transactions and head of portfolio management, respectively. Skip Schwartz, managing director of private equity, after serving as the region’s private equity head for thirteen years, will transition his day-to-day responsibilities to Fu and Choi over the first half of 2021, then relocate to Heitman’s Chicago headquarters in the third quarter. In Schwartz’s new role, he will continue to serve on the APAC private equity investment committee, serve as portfolio manager for Heitman Asia-Pacific Property Investors, and develop new business opportunities in support of the regional leadership team and its Asia-Pacific business.
Catella IM Benelux – Jac Huijsmans joined the company in January as senior acquisition manager where he will focus on new developments, conversions and existing investments. Huijsmans will be responsible for the entire Benelux region with a special focus on the western conglomeration of the Netherlands known as the Randstad. As project director he was responsible for the redevelopment of the former Dutch ministry of social affairs and employment in The Hague.
Hines – Hyungsub Lee, has joined as a director in the firm’s Seoul office, while Sho Morita, has been appointed an associate in the Tokyo office. Lee is the former head of transactions with DWS Korea. Morita joined from Hulic, one of Japan’s largest real estate companies. Drew Huffman, managing director at Hines, will oversee the new business initiatives in the two countries.
Blackstone – Iain Conn, the former chief executive of energy firm Centrica, has joined Blackstone as a senior advisor for energy and sustainability investing. Conn, left Centrica in March last year, after serving the British Gas parent as group CEO from 2015-2020. He has over 34 years of executive experience in the energy sector, including 29 years with oil and gas company BP where he served in roles such as board director for 10 years and CEO Downstream from 2007-2014. Over his career, Conn has advised governments on energy and climate policy, and from 2017-2020 he co-chaired the World Economic Forum System Initiative on the Future of Energy.
Battersea Power Station – The development compny has appointed James Carragher as estates director. Carragher will be responsible for managing the operational performance of Battersea Power Station’s growing estate. Carragher served nine years at Landsec, most recently as operations director for the Central London portfolio, and previously as general manager for the Nova development in Victoria. David Collins has been named head of retail and commercial services. He joins from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield where he spent ten years, most recently as senior operations manager. Yiannis Moraitopolous has been named head of energy services and will be responsible for managing Battersea Power Station’s energy centre. Nipa Bhanu has been named head of residential operations and will be working indirectly for the firm’s managing agents. Nadeem Ghous Chaudary has been appointed residential property manager. Chaudary has previously been responsible for the operational management of prime location buildings.
British Property Federation – Allan Lockhart, CEO of NewRiver REIT, has been named chair of the firm’s retail board. Lockhart has over 25 years’ experience in the UK real estate market specialising in the retail sector. He started his career with Strutt & Parker in 1988 advising major property companies and institutions on retail investment and development. In 2009 he co-founded NewRiver Retail.
Trammell Crow Company – The US real estate developer has appointed former P3 Logistic Parks CEO Ian Worboys to lead its expansion into Europe’s logistics sector. Worboys will serve as managing director and head of a newly launched European logistics business. He will initially be based in Prague, Czech Republic. Worboys worked for P3 between 2009 and 2019. His previous roles include working for European logistics manager Gazeley, now GLP. TCC has also appointed Graham Reece senior vice president, head of European logistics construction. Based in Poland, he will oversee the construction and delivery of all logistics projects in Europe.