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DRC Capital, Schroders, Cushman & Wakefield, LaSalle Investment Management, PGIM Real Estate, View Inc, MMX Retail, JLL India, Hines, M&G Real Estate, Cromwell Property, Aberdeen Standard Investments, CBRE Global Investors, Optimum Asset Management, Impax Asset Management, The Howard de Walden Estate, Statkraft, ULI, LPPI

Schroders –  Natalie Howard has been appointed head of real estate debt. Based in London, Howard will be responsible for building a full service, real estate debt platform offering clients the complete range of risk and return investing throughout the real estate debt spectrum. She joins from DRC Capital where she was a partner and worked from 2018. Prior to that, Howard was head of real estate at AgFe Group.

Cushman & WakefieldMichelle Gloder has been appointed head of customer experience within the UK asset Services team. Gloder joins from Dixons Carphone where, as head of customer experience. She has held various strategy, design and implementation roles during her 25 years in the retail, services and telecoms sectors.

LaSalle Investment ManagementDavid DeVos has been appointed global ESG head, and Elena Alschuler has joined the firm as VP of sustainability in the Americas. Prior to joining LaSalle, DeVos worked for PGIM Real Estate as the firm’s chief sustainability officer. Prior to PGIM, he worked in architectural and sustainability-focused roles for Kohl’s Department Stores. Alschuler will partner with DeVos and act as a central leader for LaSalle’s North America sustainability initiatives. She joins LaSalle from View Inc., where she led real estate activities including the firm’s strategy and execution to scale adoption of smart glass in the office and multifamily sectors across the US and Canada. Prior to View Alschuler worked at the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC as a building technologies project manager, as well as the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and HR&A Advisors in New York.

JLL IndiaRadha Dhir will succeed Ramesh Nair as CEO on 25 January. Dhir was previously group president at Yes Bank, where she headed multinational corporate banking. Prior to that, she was managing director, head of global subsidiary coverage group, Deutsche Bank India, and a member of the Deutsche Bank India executive committee. Nair, who is leaving to pursue opportunities outside the firm, joined JLL as an analyst in 1999, and rose through the ranks to become CEO of the India business in 2017.

MMX Retail –  Rob Williams, Filippa Mudd and Henry Foreman have joined the consultancy from BNP Paribas Real Estate where they worked on a mix of institutional, developer and local authority-owned high street, retail and leisure destinations.

HinesNg Chiang Ling has joined Hines as Asia CIO from M&G Real Estate. As part of her new role, she will sit on the Hines executive and investment committees and will be based in Hines’ Singapore office. Prior to joining M&G Real Estate, Ng worked in the real estate private equity division of Goldman Sachs.

Cromwell PropertyPertti Vanhanen has been appointed Europe managing director. Vanhanen, who replaces Mark McLaughlin, was most recently global co-head of real estate at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Vanhanen will be based in London. McLaughlin will leave the business, at the end of March, after 20 years. He was appointed managing director of the European business in October 2017.

Optimum Asset Management – The boutique real estate investment manager has appointed Nick Hill as head of distribution to build on the firm’s institutional client base and drive fund raising activity. Hill joins from CBRE Global Investors, where he was responsible for infrastructure capital raising, client maintenance, and product development during an eight-year period with the firm, latterly as investment services director. Prior to joining CBRE, he worked in client-facing roles at Aviva Investors, Matrix Property Fund Management, and Jupiter Asset Management.

Impax Asset Management – The specialist asset manager has appointed Sean Maguire to join its private equity/infrastructure team in London as a managing director. Maguire will be primarily focused on sourcing and executing new investment opportunities. Maguire worked in renewables with Airtricity before joining Element Power in 2010 where he was Commercial Director. He joined Statkraft after it acquired his previous employer Element Power two years ago. At Statkraft Maguire led a pan-European Commercial team during a period of rapid growth for the Statkraft business.

Local Pensions Partnership InvestmentsLouise Warden has been promoted to lead the UK local authority pensions pools real estate business. In her new role Warden is responsible for managing LPPI’s real estate portfolio as part of achieving asset management and capital deployment objectives. She joined the LPPI team as real estate portfolio manager in August 2019. Before LPPI, she was responsible for managing the direct and indirect property portfolios of West Yorkshire Pension Fund. Previously Warden worked for the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi.

Urban Land InstituteKevin Nowlan, CEO of Hibernia REIT, has been appointed chair of ULI Ireland. He succeeds Tom Dunne, chairman of the Residential Tenancies Board, and officially began his two-year term on 1 January 2021. As Chair of ULI Ireland, Nowlan aims to leverage ULI’s global and multi-disciplinary network and knowledge base to contribute to some of the most pertinent challenges in Ireland, including the delivery of housing, especially affordable housing, by collecting and sharing global best practices.

The Howard de Walden EstateKarl Sternberg has joined the company’s board as a non-executive director. Sternberg was a founding partner of institutional asset manager Oxford Investment Partners, and has also served as a non-executive on a number of listed company boards such as Jupiter Fund Management and Monks Investment Trust. He was appointed to the board in December 2020 to replace Christopher Howes who is stepping down as a non-executive director after 18 years. 

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