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Carsten Demmler

Warburg-HIH Invest

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Warburg-HIH Invest reinforces management board by recruiting Carsten Demmler.

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (“Warburg-HIH Invest”) will expand its Management Board in line with its growth trajectory. Carsten Demmler (45) was appointed to the Management Board and will join its present members, Hans-Joachim Lehmann and Alexander Eggert, as of 1 December 2020. Demmler currently heads the Capital Management team at Warburg-HIH Invest. On the senior management level, he will be responsible for the entire product and service spectrum in the client business with savings banks, regional banks, insurance companies, superannuation schemes and pension funds. 

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Malwina Pawłowska


Credit: GTC

GTC has appointed Malwina Pawłowska to the position of Head of Marketing & Communication, the appointment is dictated by her extensive and in-depth sector knowledge. 

Malwina Pawłowska is marketing and communication strategist with over 17 years of experience gained in various multinational companies. Prior to joining GTC, she held the position of Head of Marketing & Communication Department at Skanska Property Poland, being responsible for corporate and product communication, media relations, crisis management and positioning the corporate brand on a country scale. She was also a member of extended Management Team.

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Tatjana Fiedler

DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH

Credit: DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH

DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH (DIR) is strengthening its retail expertise with Tatjana Fiedler. In the position of Transaction Manager, she will immediately strengthen the team in the development and expansion of a nationwide retail portfolio with a focus on food-anchored local convenience centres and retail warehouse parks, full-line grocery stores and discount supermarkets.

Tatjana Fiedler (55) has been working in the real estate industry for more than 25 years and during this time has gained extensive experience in asset management, property management and transaction management for the asset classes residential, commercial and retail. Before joining DIR, she worked for GRR Real Estate Management GmbH, first as a property manager and later as an asset manager in the basic retail segment.

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Jan Janáček


Credit: CBRE

Jan Janáček is the new head of A&T retail.

CBRE announced three promotions in the Retail Agency department. The retail team of CBRE has rewarded the long-standing experience and loyalty of its employees with three promotions. Jan Janáček was named the new Head of Advisory & Transaction Services Retail and Naďa Kryglová and Aleš Nečas are now in the position of Associate Director. Tomáš Míček, who oversees the entire team, remains the Head of the Retail Sector. 

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Maxence Liagre

MPC Properties

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A new CEO for MPC Properties. Maxence Liagre is a global real estate expert with more than 20-year experience managing and leading shopping centers around the world. 

Prior to joining MPC Properties, Maxence Liagre’s experience includes co-founding and co-managing the Bosphorus Real Estate Fund together with Merrill Lynch, working for the American shopping centers leader company Simon Properties for ten years and starting Reval – his own real estate company which then became a joint venture with Sonae Sierra. 

Liagre has been involved in different consulting missions for numerous real estate companies and has vast experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, thus pushing him to seek new challenges where he can express both his managerial competences together with his industry know-how. As the new CEO of MPC Properties he leads on the company’s consolidation and future expansion route.

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Denis Sokolov

The Urban Land Institute

Credit: The Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced the appointment of Denis Sokolov, Partner and Head of Research and Insight at Cushman & Wakefield, as Chair of ULI Russia – one of 14 European National Councils. 

Denis’ two-year term, which is served on a voluntary basis, officially began on 1 October 2020.

ULI is the world’s oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate experts, with more than 45,000 members globally. As Chair of ULI Russia, Sokolov will focus on increasing both the membership and event activity, putting together an engaging and impactful programme which will subsequently add value to the ULI membership in this region. Sokolov has been a ULI member for four years and has been actively involved as a member of the ULI Europe Urban Regeneration Product Council.

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Kasper Deforche

Wereldhave Belgium

Credit: Wereldhave Belgium

The Board of Directors of Wereldhave Belgium NV announces that it has been agreed that Mr. Kasper Deforche will step down as CEO and director of the Company on 31 December 2020.

Nevertheless, Kasper Deforche will remain available for the Company in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. In the meantime, a process has also been initiated to determine his succession. The Company will communicate about this in due time.

“The Board of Directors of Wereldhave Belgium NV is very grateful to Kasper Deforche for his valuable contributions to the Company. It wishes him every success in his further career”. – Dirk Goeminne

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Rolf Wernicke


Credit: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Rolf Wernicke recently became the new Center Manager of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s 4-star shopping center in Munich.

The center’s social embedding in Pasing and the strengthening of this location will be further intensified. 33-year-old Rolf Wernicke has already been working for Pasing Arcaden’s owner and operator Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield since early 2018. Over the past two years he was the Center Manager of Gera Arcaen in Thuringia, and before that he was the Deputy Center Manager at Ruhr Park in Bochum. 

The hotel management expert replaces Dominic Barg at Pasing Arcaden and says, “I am looking forward to this new challenge, to working in Pasing and living in Munich–a town that has so much to offer in regards to retail, restaurants, leisure as well as culture, and distinguishes itself with its high quality of life. Pasing Arcaden is a wonderfully integrated location that continues to show a lot of potential for western Munich. Our center management team will now further intensify our efforts to increasingly highlight this potential and therefore make Pasing Arcaden even more attractive for our visitors as well as our tenants.”

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Beñat Ortega


Credit: Klépierre

Klépierre is announcing that its Supervisory Board has appointed Beñat Ortega as member of the Group’s Executive Board in charge of operations with effect from November 16, 2020.

Beñat Ortega joined Klépierre in November 2012 as Deputy COO before being promoted to COO in November 2016. Earlier in his career, he held various positions over nine years with the Unibail-Rodamco group, including in the investment and asset management departments of the Offices division.

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Tony Carroll

Time Retail Partners

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Time Retail Partners (TRP), the boutique retail property consultancy, has appointed Tony Carroll, a former senior director at CBRE, as a director. 

Carroll will join the company in January 2021, working with TRP’s existing landlord client base and as part of TRP’s leadership team to grow the consultancy.

Tony Carroll spent ten years in CBRE’s retail team, working on leading assets including centre:mk, Manchester Arndale, Meadowhall, intu Merry Hill and Buchanan Galleries, as well as the development leasing for Westfield Bradford and Westgate Oxford.  Tony was also part of the CBRE team appointed by Grosvenor Europe on Liverpool ONE.  In addition, Tony has provided development consultancy advice to landlords such as Westfield, Hammerson, British Land and M&G.

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Cécile Presta and Magali Fernandes


Credit: Klépierre

Klépierre is announcing the appointment of Cécile Presta as Chief Human Resources Officer, and Magali Fernandes as Chief Legal Officer.

Cécile Presta has extensive experience in human resources. After exploring all facets of the profession in the fields of consulting and industry, she joined Coca-Cola European Partners, where she held several positions over six years, including Head of Talent Management for France. More recently, she served as Head of Human Resources at Lafarge Holcim group headquarters.

Magali Fernandes has more than 15 years of experience working as a lawyer first at White & Case and then at Herbert Smith Freehills. A specialist in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets law, she has advised a long list of companies operating in real estate, regulated and other industries on French and international transactions.

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Geert Paemen

VIA Outlets

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VIA Outlets is pleased to announce the appointment of Geert Paemen as Group Sustainability Director as part of its growing ESG strategy.

The newly-created senior management position is designed to oversee and develop the business’ sustainability strategy across its business operations and eleven outlet centres in Europe.

Geert Paemen joins VIA Outlets after six years at Telefonica where she held the position of Global Director for Sustainability, designing the group’s Responsible Business strategy and leading the implementation of a wide range of ESG projects. She led an ambitious environmental and climate change strategy, a global responsible supply chain and human rights framework and a proactive investor and stakeholder engagement strategy – achieving leadership positions for Telefonica in the relevant sustainability rankings and indexes.  

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Jean-Marie Tritant


Credit: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

At its meeting of November 18, 2020, the Supervisory Board of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield SE (URW) appointed Mr Jean-Marie Tritant as Chairman of the Management Board of URW and Group CEO, succeeding Mr Christophe Cuvillier on January 1, 2021. During a transition phase starting on November 19, 2020, Mr Tritant will hold the position of Group Chief Operating Officer.

As a result, Mr Tritant has resigned from his position as Chairman of the Management Board of URW N.V. Mr Dominic Lowe is appointed Chief Operating Officer US and Chairman of the Management Board of URW N.V. with effect from November 19, 2020. Mr Lowe was previously Executive Vice President Development US for URW. 

Léon Bressler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of URW SE, said: “A transition phase is beginning for URW. I am delighted that Christophe Cuvillier has agreed to lead it for the Group. His long experience
as CEO, particularly during the ongoing health and economic crisis, will be very valuable. I am convinced that Jean-Marie will lead the company with great success.”

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Hubert Stech

Multi Corporation

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Multi Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Hubert Stech as a new member of the Advisory Board of the German Council of Shopping Places (GCSP).

Hubert Stech, Managing Director of Multi Germany and Benelux, was elected to join the GCSP’s Advisory Board during the annual members meeting last Friday. Multi looks forward to strengthening its partnership with the German Council and to continuing to actively support their initiatives and work.

I am very thankful for the election and trust of the members of the Council. The organisation has done a tremendous job over the past years. During my time in the Advisory Board, some of my focus areas will be topics like innovation in retail as well as the redevelopment and repurposing of retail assets. I look forward to contributing to future initiatives of the Council to strengthen our industry in Germany and Europe”, says Hubert Stech.

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Peter Wrigley

Time Retail Partners

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Time Retail Partners (TRP), the boutique retail property consultancy, has appointed Peter Wrigley, founder of 360Retail and a former senior director in CBRE’s lease consultancy business, as a consultant to head its new professional services specialism. Peter will work with Time’s established landlord and agency teams.

Founded in 2015, Time Retail Partners works with owners, occupiers and investors, and is advising a number of leading UK brands and destinations.  These include Bluewater, Cribbs Causeway, Manchester Arndale, Metrocentre, Oracle Reading, Trinity and White Rose in Leeds, H&M, JD Sports, and Holland & Barrett.  TRP is also a founder of The International Retail Consulting Alliance (TIRCA), an international network of boutique retail property advisors in the US, Europe and Australasia.

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Marie Cheval


Credit: Carmila

Appointment of Marie Cheval as chairman and chief executive officer of Carmila. Further to the selection process launched by Carmila’s Board of Directors on 16 June 2020, and following the opinion of the Compensation and Nomination Committee, the extraordinary Board of Directors’ meeting of 2 November 2020 appointed Marie Cheval to succeed Alexandre de Palmas as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carmila with effect from 3 November 2020.

As Director of Carrefour France Hypermarkets since 2018, Marie Cheval has successfully overseen the transformation plan for the Carrefour group’s hypermarkets, a key format for Carmila whose strategy is based on their dynamism and operational synergies. As a member of the Board of Directors of Carmila since 2018, Marie Cheval has actively participated in defining and monitoring the progress of Carmila’s strategy, and she is very familiar with Carmila’s portfolio and teams.

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Jan van Garderen


Credit: Eurocommercial

From November 1, 2020, Evert Jan van Garderen will succeed Jeremy Lewis as Chief Executive Officer of the Company following his retirement. Director and Board Member Roberto Fraticelli will succeed van Garderen as Chief Financial Officer. 

Director and Board Member Peter Mills is Chief Investment Officer. Bas Steins Bisschop, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eurocommercial, said: “Eurocommercial was founded by Jeremy Lewis in 1991 and was originally co-listed in Sydney and Amsterdam. Under Jeremy’s leadership, the Company became an independent, listed property investment company, which initially invested in a broad range of assets and countries before successfully concentrating on shopping centers in four countries.

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