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MARTIN KALEJA

Swiss Prime Site Immobilien

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Martin Kaleja was appointed CEO of Swiss Prime Site Immobilien and member of the Executive Board of Swiss Prime Site. 

Born in 1972, Martin Kaleja is a German citizen and will assume his new role within the Swiss Prime Site Group on 1 January 2021, taking over from Peter Lehmann. Between 1992 and 1997, Martin Kaleja studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University of Munich, graduating as a qualified engineer. He then completed his doctoral studies between 1997 and 2001, including a dissertation. He began his professional career at the Boston Consulting Group in 2001, where he spent 9 years as a management consultant in several European countries. In 2010, he joined the Allianz Suisse Group, where he held a number of different positions. Between 2012 and 2014, he managed the Operations Services and Corporate Real Estate department. At the end of 2014, he was appointed CEO of Allianz Suisse Immobilien AG and is now responsible for a portfolio of around 300 properties with a fair value of over CHF 5 billion.

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STEFAN SCHÖNAUER AND DIETMAR REINDL

IMMOFINANZ

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The Supervisory Board of IMMOFINANZ extended the Executive Board appointments for COO Dietmar Reindl and CFO Stefan Schönauer for a period of five years as of 1 May 2021, i.e. to 30 April 2026.

The composition of the Executive Board remains unchanged with Ronny Pecik (CEO), Dietmar Reindl (COO) and Stefan Schönauer (CFO). Dietmar Reindl has held key management positions with IMMOFINANZ since 2012 and was appointed to the Executive Board in May 2014. Stefan Schönauer has been with IMMOFINANZ in leading positions since 2008 and was appointed CFO in March 2016.

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CLAUDIA KARSCHTI 

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Germany

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Claudia Karschti is the new director of Human Resources at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Germany.

On June 1, 2020 Claudia Karschti took over responsibility for Human Resources at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Germany. Previously Claudia Karschti was with Yum! Restaurants International as Head of People & Culture KFC for the region D-A-CH/Denmark and member of the management board. Her earlier positions include HR Business Partner at Fressnapf Holding and HR Manager at Santander Consumer Bank. Claudia Karschti received her diploma in social sciences with a focus on economic sociology and economic psychology at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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MARKUS PORVARI

HyperIn Inc.

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The ACROSS Advisory Board is happy to announce its latest addition and welcomes Markus Porvari as its new member. Markus Porvari’s experience extends over two decades in customer relations and managing high-level business operations for major clients and enterprises in ICT industry. Currently Porvari serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of HyperIn Inc. HyperIn’s solutions are widely used to manage retail real estates in Europe and Asia with R&D centers in Finland and Hong Kong with authorized distributors in Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia. Markus is also a very experienced seminar speaker and a known person in the information technology community. 

The prop-tec sector is becoming increasingly important for the international placemaking industry. “We want to take this fact into account when it comes to the composition of the ACROSS Advisory Board and are therefore very glad to welcome Markus Povari, the founder of HyperIn, to our board,” says ACROSS publisher Reinhard Winiwarter.

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JARED HART

Maya Capital

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Maya Capital teams up with Jared Hart to launch uk retail vehicle. The new vehicle will target retail assets in London and in the UK regions with a view to acquiring £250m worth of assets, building on Maya Capital’s expertise in the commercial office market.

Maya Capital LLP, announces it has hired Jared Hart to oversee the launch of a new investment vehicle targeting UK retail assets in need of regeneration. Jared Hart has 15 years’ experience working in the retail real estate sector. Prior to joining Maya, Jared was Managing Director at Trophaeum Asset Management, Thor Equities and Pears Global where he collectively invested in more than £2bn worth of assets over 100+ transactions.

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Julien Goubault

Klépierre

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Klépierre announced that Julien Goubault has been promoted to General Secretary of the Group. 

Julien Goubault joined Klépierre in October 2016 as Chief Communications Officer, in charge of financial and corporate communications, public affairs and coordination of the CSR policy. 

The Klépierre Executive Board has promoted Julien Goubault to General Secretary effective June 1, 2020. The position was created to oversee human resources, governance, legal affairs, sustainable development, and corporate communication and public affairs. 

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KURT MÜLLER

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

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Kurt Müller has recently taken over management of the Forum 1 shopping center at Salzburg’s central station in Austria. He follows Verena Wegscheider who left the company at her own request and on the best of terms. With 36-year old Müller, the very well-established local supply center gains an experienced business economist and marketing expert who will continue the center’s successful course. Forum 1 Salzburg is operated by SES Spar European Shopping Centers. The centrally located center was opened in 2008 and comprises around 50 shops and restaurants.

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GARY BURROWS

FitForCommerce

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FitForCommerce, a boutique omnichannel and digital consultancy, announces the appointment of Gary Burrows to the FitForCommerce Malls & Meeting Places practice as its Managing Director.

Gary Burrows joins FitForCommece with over 30 years of experience in developing, operating, and facilitating large-scale mixed-use real estate and retail investments. Gary will lead the FitForCommerce Malls & Meeting Place consulting practice globally. An expert in Place-making Methodology, Gary has worked with over 90 shopping centres across 36 countries in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. 

“We’re thrilled to have an industry-recognized executive on the team to help grow the new era of malls and meeting places,” said Bernardine Wu, the founder and CEO of FitForCommerce. “The digital and omnichannel imperative that this sector faces will determine the winners and losers. We believe our assistance is critical to these clients.”

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KONRAD GRÜSS

Inter IKEA Systems

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Inter IKEA Systems B.V. announced Konrad Grüss will become its new Managing Director. He succeeds Jon Abrahamson Ring, who will become CEO of Inter IKEA Group as per 1 September.

Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA Concept and worldwide IKEA franchisor. Konrad Grüss is its Global IKEA Expansion Manager, and he has been acting manager for the franchise business since February 2020. 

“I am happy that Konrad has accepted the role as Managing Director for Inter IKEA Systems. He brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge of the IKEA business and franchise system to this role. He has a great ability to connect people and business, and he has a genuine passion to continue to develop the role of IKEA franchisor”, says Jon Abrahamsson, Deputy CEO, Inter IKEA Group.

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DAVID ATKINS

Hammerson

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David Atkins decided to step down as chief executive of Hammerson. He will remain in position until spring 2021 at the latest, while the Board conducts a search for his successor. 

David Atkins said: “It has been a privilege to have led Hammerson for over ten years and I am proud of the many achievements and the incredible colleagues I have worked with. The current environment, exacerbated by the impact of Covid 19, is undoubtedly the most challenging we have faced as a business. I feel now is the right time to search for a new chief executive, a person who can not only lead the business as we emerge from this period, but also into its next chapter”.

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