Josip Kardun, the former CEO of Blackstone’s European operating platform, has joined Meyer Bergman as chief investment officer.

Kardun has joined the real estate investment manager in the new role to help expand the firm’s focus on European mixed-use investments.

Meyer Bergman said Kardun will focus on “mixed-use opportunities in core cites, with an increasing shift towards office, residential and leisure sectors”.

Kardun joins Meyer Bergman from European real estate manager Multi Corporation, where he served as CEO. He was appointed by Blackstone, which had acquired Multi.

Prior to Multi, Kardun served as CEO at Atrium European Real Estate. Before that, he spent seven years at German real estate group ECE Projektmanagement.

Kardun said: “This is an incredible time to be joining Meyer Bergman. With a track record of having managed over €7.5bn of assets, the company has been expanding its reach into office and residential markets over the years.

“Its vertically integrated platform offers exceptional opportunities to identify attractive off-market investments across core European locations and generate value for its investors.”

Marcus Meijer, CEO at Meyer Bergman, said: “Internal migration and urbanisation are key growth drivers we are seeing across all core European cities and this is supporting growth across an array of real estate asset classes.

“By focusing on the most resilient and highly liquid markets, and concentrating our investments on select, high-footfall micro-locations, we see huge potential to create value from these trends.