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Caroline Puechoultres

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

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URW appoints Caroline Puechoultres as Chief Customer Officer.

Experienced strategic marketing executive joins Group Management Board with focus on customer-centricity, brand and retailer partnerships, digital innovation and emerging growth opportunities.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) announces the appointment of Caroline Puechoultres as Chief Customer Officer (CCO) effective July 15, as part of its wider strategy to capture future growth opportunities in a rapidly changing retail environment as a more customer-focused organisation.

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Peter Ballon


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Peter Ballon appointed as ULI’s new Global Chair.

Peter Ballon, global head of real estate for CPP Investments, has been appointed as the new global chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Ballon will serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term and will provide member leadership as the Institute focuses on three new global mission priorities: decarbonization, education, and housing.

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Andrew Hulme


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CBRE hires Andrew Hulme from BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Global real estate advisor, CBRE announced the appointment of Andrew Hulme as an Executive Director, within its UK Investment Properties team.

Andrew has a wealth of experience in the retail sector having been made an equity partner at Strutt & Parker when he was 32, then most recently at BNP Paribas Real Estate where he ran the Retail and Alternatives teams. He began his career at CBRE, focusing on the retail occupier market before specializing in retail warehouse investment and out-of-town retail. Andrew will bring a deep understanding of the wider retail market and the alternative uses within the sector. He has been very active in the market for a number of years, working with a broad range of clients.

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Kim Andersen


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Newsec appoints Kim Andersen as new MD in Denmark.

Newsec Property Asset Management has made an agreement with a new Managing Director of the Danish division of the Nordic property asset manager. The new Managing Director, Kim Andersen, joins the company from a position as Vice President of the insurance company, If Skadeforsikring. As from 1 September 2021, Kim Andersen will lead the 575 employees based in Denmark and join the Nordic management team of Newsec.

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Monika Rajska-Wolińska


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Monika Rajska-Wolińska promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Colliers across Central and Eastern Europe.

Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers announced that Monika Rajska-Wolińska has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Colliers in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), now including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, effective from 01 August 2021.

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Nicholas Garattini

ULI Next Europe

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Nicholas Garattini appointed as Chair of ULI Next Europe.

New chair of Urban Land Institute’s NEXT group for mid-career European real estate professionals aims to further increase volume of quality content and networking opportunities.

Nicholas Garattini, head of business development and investor relations at Generali Real Estate, has been appointed as chair of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) NEXT group in Europe, which engages and supports real estate professionals aged 35–45 as they seek to take the next step in their careers. He succeeds Galyna Permyakova, who chaired the European NEXT Group for the last two years. Nicholas officially began his voluntary two-year term on 1 July 2021 and will join the ULI Europe Executive Committee as part of his role.

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Marcus Wood

Cushman & Wakefield

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Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Marcus Wood as Head of UK Retail Capital Markets.

Wood will rejoin Cushman & Wakefield as an International Partner later this year from JLL, where he spent four years as a Director leading the Out of Town Retail team and more recently in its Capital Markets Asset Repositioning team. Wood previously worked in Cushman & Wakefield’s Retail & Leisure team for 25 years, specialising in out-of-town retail, leisure and grocery.

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Anette Simpson

The Urban Land Institute (ULI)

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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced the appointment of Anette Simpson, director of development and partnerships, Legal & General Affordable Homes, as chair of ULI United Kingdom (ULI UK). She succeeds Vanessa Hale, director of research, BNP Paribas Real Estate, and will officially begin her voluntary two-year term on 1 July 2021.

Her appointment was announced during the National Council’s Annual Conference today. Vanessa Hale, outgoing chair of ULI UK, said: “Anette has been a very active executive committee member for ULI UK and will be a fantastic chair for the National Council. As an industry leader, she has been involved with some of the most high-profile projects across the country working collaboratively across both the private and public sectors. With her affordable housing and planning expertise and connections, we expect to see the council continue to grow and inspire a whole new generation of real estate professionals.”

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Tina Mitchell


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Waitrose appoints new retail director.

The John Lewis Partnership announced that Tina Mitchell will join Waitrose as Retail Director.

Tina will be responsible for setting the shop strategy, leading the plan to offer world class service across all Waitrose shops, and empowering 45,000 Waitrose shop Partners, reporting to James Bailey, Executive Director for Waitrose. 

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Seweryna Afanasjew


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GTC has appointed Seweryna Afanasjew as Head of Asset Management in Poland. Her outstanding in-depth sector knowledge coupled with extensive experience in commercial asset management and leasing for investment funds will strengthen GTC’s market position. With Seweryna on board, the company expects the successful growth of its sustainable real estate portfolio in line with the developer’s best ESG practices.

Seweryna Afanasjew has made a name in real estate as a member of the Management Board of the RICS World Europe Board, Chairman of the RICS Poland Board, member of and IFMA Poland and Polish Facility Management Council. Licensed real estate manager and broker, Seweryna has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, including offices, shopping centers, and warehouses.  Her focus area is finding and implementing modern technological solutions for real estate to increase the efficiency of the whole organization, which perfectly fits into GTC’s strategy of developing futureproof sustainable properties with a focus on the wellbeing of its immediate communities.

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Emanuela Recchi

The Urban Land Institute (ULI)

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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced the appointment of Emanuela Recchi, president of Recchi Engineering, as chair of ULI Italy. She succeeds Davide Albertini Petroni, managing director, Risanamento S.p.A, and will officially begin her voluntary two-year term on 1 July 2021.

Emanuela Recchi’s appointment was announced during the National Council’s Annual Conference on 16 June. Davide Albertini Petroni, outgoing chair of ULI Italy, said: “Emanuela has been a very enthusiastic ally of ULI Italy for many years and will be an excellent chair. As a well-respected industry leader, she is an innovative thinker with a multidisciplinary background, dedicated to ensuring that real estate projects bring positive, lasting change for communities. With her valuable experience, we expect the council to see further growth and deliver thought leadership, while enhancing the knowledge sharing between real estate professionals in Italy and beyond.”

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Ariella Zochovitzky

Citycon Oyj

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Change in the Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj.

Ariella Zochovitzky, member of the Board of Directors of Citycon Oyj since 2009, has elected to resign from the Board as of 1 July 2021 due to personal reasons. 

The company thanks Ms Zochovitzky for her contribution to the Board during the past 13 years.

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Melanie Gee


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Grosvenor Group appoints Melanie Gee as non-executive chair of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

Melanie will initially join as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect, succeeding Jonathon Bond in the role of Chair from September this year. As previously announced, Jonathon Bond takes up the newly created role of Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Grosvenor Estate.

Melanie is a Senior Adviser in London to Lazard, the global financial advisory and asset management firm, having joined as a Managing Director in 2008. Melanie spent the previous 25 years in the financial advisory business with S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. and then UBS.

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Markus Diers

redos Group

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Hamburg-based large-scale retail property specialist redos Group has appointed Markus Diers as a Managing Director. 

The 41-year-old real estate executive will assume responsibility for Asset Management within the group’s funds business with effect from 1 June, working closely together with Torsten C. Wesch, Managing Director for Fund Management, and Frank Eckervogt, Managing Director for Transactions.Markus Diers brings a proven track record of 20 years in real estate management with a particular focus on large-format retail. Before joining redos, he served as head of asset management for retail properties at HIH Real Estate GmbH, a property investment manager, where he managed a retail and logistics portfolio with a total of EUR 1.4 billion in property holdings.

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