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Himanshu Raja


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Hammerson is pleased to announce the appointment of Himanshu Raja as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director. He will succeed James Lenton who gave notice of his resignation to the Company in January 2021. 

Himanshu will join as CFO and Executive Director on 26 April 2021, at which point James will step down from both roles.  

Himanshu holds a law degree (LLB), is a Chartered Accountant and was most recently CFO at Countrywide, from 2017 until its sale to Connells Ltd in March 2021. Prior to that he had served as CFO at G4S plc, Misys plc and Logica plc. His previous roles have seen Himanshu work across a range of sectors, developing extensive experience in transformation and debt and equity markets. 

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Florian Wieser

Ceconomy Group

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MediamarktSaturn CFO Florian Wieser becomes new CFO of the Ceconomy Group. Florian Wieser, CFO of MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group, to serve as Ceconomy Group CFO as of 1 May 2021.

Ceconomy AG has taken the first decisive step in establishing a uniform management structure of the CECONOMY Group. The Supervisory Board of Ceconomy decided to appoint Florian Wieser, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group (MediaMarktSaturn) since November 2018, as CFO and member of the Management Board of Ceconomy with effect from 1 May 2021. He is assuming the mandate of Karin Sonnenmoser, who is leaving the company on 30 April 2021. 

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Nish Kankiwala

John Lewis Partnership

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The John Lewis Partnership announces that Nish Kankiwala will join its Board this month as a Non-Executive Director.

Nish brings 40 years’ experience in retail and consumer brands such as PepsiCo, Unilever and Burger King. He is currently the Chief Executive of Hovis, a business with over 130 years of heritage.

Nish started his career at Unilever in a number of commercial and operational roles, before moving to Pepsico where he became President of the soft drinks business in Europe and Africa. He then moved to Burger King International as President. 

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Christoph Andexlinger

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

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Christoph Andexlinger becomes the sole Austrian on the supervisory board of the new European Industry Association, the ECSP.

SES Spar European Shopping Centers now holds a seat on the Supervisory Board of the new European Council of Shopping Places (ECSP) and is one of its founding members. 

Managing Director Christoph Andexlinger, Chief Operations Officer at SES since 1 January 2021, has been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of the ECSP and, as such, will represent the interests of the Austrian retail real estate industry at the European level for the next three years. The new Executive Board was elected and confirmed during the first ECSP General Meeting, which took place in Brussels on 31 March.

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Luis Comas

AmRest Holdings SE

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AmRest Holdings SE: Luis Comas appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer.

AmRest Holdings SE announced a planned leadership succession which will be completed in July 2021. Luis Comas, who has been leading the La Tagliatella brand at AmRest, will be promoted as the new CEO with an effect on July 1st, 2021. Mr. Comas will succeed Mark Chandler, current Chief Executive Officer, who has decided to retire in June 2021 after serving 13 years in the company.

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Caroline Helyer


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Realm has grown its leasing team with the appointment of Caroline Helyer as leasing manager. Caroline will be working across several of Realm’s schemes – including Dalton Park, Milsom Place and Bedford Riverside – where she will be leading initiatives to secure new retail lettings and lease renewals, as well as enhance the customer shopping experience and F&B offering across the portfolio. 

With over 20 years’ experience working in retail and leisure leasing Caroline has previously held positions at Intu Properties as a leasing manager and Colliers International, where she acted for retailers on expansion programmes and shopping centre leasing initiatives for landlords. 

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Sabine Georgi

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

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Sabine Georgi appointed as ULI Germany/Austria/Switzerland Executive Director.

Sabine Georgi joins the Urban Land Institute (ULI) from Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has appointed Sabine Georgi as executive director of the ULI Germany/Austria/Switzerland National Council. She will replace Stephanie Baden, who left the organisation to pursue other opportunities. Sabine joins from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) where she worked as a country manager Germany and will start her new role in May 2021.

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Ziv Gigi


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GTC has announced the promotion of Ziv Gigi to the position of Managing Director Romania. He will be responsible for all operations of GTC in the Romanian market.

Ziv Gigi has more than 15 years of experience in Central and Eastern European real estate markets, developing and operating dozens of projects in office and Retail space. Ziv expertise covers the spectrum of a real estate development, sales and acquisitions, to include ideation, identification, realization, and ongoing operations. In addition, his previous tenure as the CFO of GTC’s operations in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia provided him with all the financial acumen needed to successfully execute and support the company’s strategic direction.

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Daniel Gorosch


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Daniel Gorosch appointed CEO of Colliers in Sweden.

Colliers poised to accelerate growth in Sweden with appointment of industry leader.

Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) today announced that Daniel Gorosch has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) | Sweden. Current CEO Dan Törnsten remains a shareholder of Colliers in Sweden and will become Chairman, focusing on continued client engagement and strategic advisory.

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Adam Holewa, Igor Matus and Kryspin Derejczyk

CCC Group

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Adam Holewa, Igor Matus and Kryspin Derejczyk join to the management board of the CCC Group.

Due to the intensive development of the CCC Group, the Management Board decided to appoint three new Vice Presidents. Thanks to the dynamic expansion of the omnichannel model, digitization of all sales channels and the development of the product offer, including the initiated new business formats, the Group consistently implements the goals of the GO.22 strategy.

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Niccoló Suardi

Colliers Italy

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Colliers Italy has appointed Niccoló Suardi Head of High Street Retail , with the task of coordinating the Leasing and Capital Market activities for the Retail business unit, reporting directly to Silvio Sancilio, Head of Capital Markets.

Professional with over 10 years of experience in real estate, Suardi, after working in several local communities, joined World Capital in 2013 he held various positions including Head of Advisory, managing the Letting & Investment team. In 2016 he moved to the BNP Paribas group, initially as a Senior consultant in the management area, and then received a mandate for the launch of the local unit dedicated to Retail. It also contributes to the development of the Pan-European platform by creating a channel dedicated to the High Street segment and strong synergies with the major Italian brands. In recent years, it has consolidated its position by focusing on the Luxury and Premium segment, managing significant operations, including those of international importance.

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Linus Karlsson


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Linus Karlsson joins Ikea in new role as Chief Creative Officer.

With the ambition of being a positive force in society and at the forefront of life at home, IKEA wants to be in constant movement, creatively exploring what, where and how people’s notion of home will be in the next decades. To accelerate this work, IKEA has decided to appoint a Chief Creative Officer for Range and Marketing & Communication. 

IKEA of Sweden AB welcomes Linus Karlsson, one of the advertising industry’s most respected and honored creative executives as Chief Creative Officer from 1 April 2021. His main assignment will be to set the creative direction for IKEA Range and Marketing & Communication. The role also includes to creatively lead and inspire the many co-workers and collaboration partners throughout the IKEA network. 
“Creativity sits in the DNA of IKEA, but we constantly need to boost it and feed our imagination to assure that we capture people´s needs and dreams in our future range, in new and diverse ways of communicating and in how we share our offer with the many people. The Chief Creative Officer will play a key role in this,” says Erika Intiso, Marketing and Communication Manager at IKEA of Sweden AB.

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Karol Pilniewicz


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Futureal has announced the appointment of Karol Pilniewicz, the former regional head of Cromwell Group to lead Futureal’s investment activities in CEE

Karol Pilniewicz and his team will focus on repositioning opportunities and platform deals in major cities across the region. Their expansion strategy can rely on Futureal Group’s decades-long real estate development and investment experience as well as design and engineering know-how. The new investment business line will be tasked with deploying a significant portion of the proceeds of the bond issuance. 

“The fresh funds give us even more opportunities for a dynamic international expansion. Futureal has already made significant achievements in countries such as Poland and the UK, which provides a solid base to further strengthen our market presence in Europe. The company will also boost its position by inviting co-investors to join forces on new acquisitions,” said Karol Pilniewicz, Chief Investment Officer of Futureal.

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