GERMANY - Andreas Mattner, executive board member at German developer ECE Projektmanagement, has replaced Eckart John von Freyend as president of the German Property Federation (ZIA).

Mattner takes over from Freyend, the former chief executive of IVG who founded the association three years ago and has led ZIA through its formative years.

"The new president is taking up his office in difficult times and has an extensive scope of tasks to fulfil," said Freyend.

ZIA was the first regulatory and economic lobby group of its kind to encompass the German real estate sector in its entirety when it was founded in 2006.