People moves: USS increases in-house real estate expertise
Universities Superannuation Scheme, Savills, AXA Investment Managers–Real Assets, Patrizia Immobilien, Legal & General, Keepmoat Homes Southern, Settle, GVA, Gramercy Europe, DHL, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, Cloudscraper, Signa
Universities Superannuation Scheme – Alex Crawley has joined as assistant property fund manager, joining the pension fund’s private markets group. Crawley will help increase its investments in index-linked and alternative real estate assets. He will also originate investments for the wider property portfolio and oversee a number of asset management initiatives. He joins from Savills where he was a director and worked for the past five years in capital markets with a focus on healthcare assets.
AXA Investment Managers–Real Assets – Alexis Gisselbrecht has joined as senior fund manager and will work in the development and value-added fund management team, based in London. He joins from Patrizia Immobilien where he was a senior fund manager specialising in value-add and higher-return investments.
Legal & General – Michael Dempsey and Shaun Holdcroft have joined Legal & General Affordable Homes, which was set up earlier this year. Dempsey, who becomes director of development and investment, was previously regional managing director of Keepmoat Homes Southern. Holdcroft becomes director of operations, having been executive director at Settle. LGIM Real Assets has appointed Neil Dovey as head of annuity transactions. He will source deals for long-income property funds, the annuity fund and the LPI Income property fund. Dovey joins GVA where he was head of capital markets.
Gramercy Europe – Paul Graham, the former head of DHL’s EMEA real estate business, has joined as non-executive chairman. Graham’s appointment follows last week’s management buyout of the business from Blackstone.
Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance – Barbara-Sophie Greeven is to head transactions in central Netherlands. During the past eight years, Greeven was project developer for the northwest of the country.
Cloudscraper – Juergen Fenk, an executive board member and joint CEO of Signa Group, has joined the commercial real estate exchange platform’s German advisory board. Fenk is the joint CEO of the real estate investor Signa.