Multi Corporation Announces Josip Kardun as Chief Executive Officer
Multi Corporation, a leading owner, manager and developer of high quality shopping centres across Europe, announces the departure of Jaap Blokhuis as CEO, effective 30 April 2017. Josip Kardun, formerly CEO of Amsterdam-based, Atrium European Real Estate Limited, will be appointed to the Management Board effective 1 April 2017 and will assume the role of CEO of Multi Corporation upon the departure of Mr. Blokhuis. Mr. Kardun has been a senior executive at Atrium for the past three years, first as COO, and since December 2014 as CEO. Prior to joining Atrium, he held various management and leadership positions both at ECE, where he served as Chief Investment Officer, and at Sonae Sierra. Mr. Kardun is European Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has a law degree from Goethe University Frankfurt. Jaap Blokhuis said: “I am proud to have led Multi Corporation over the past three years. With my colleagues across 14 countries, we have transformed Multi into a well-capitalised pan-European retail real estate platform, which is well positioned for continued growth in its business segments of shopping malls, factory outlets, retail parks and neighbourhood centres. I would like to thank my colleagues on the Management Board and Blackstone as shareholder for their support during my tenure.”
Multi appoints Dominic Deeny as Managing Director Multi Ireland
Multi Corporation, a leading owner, manager and (re)developer of high quality shopping centres across Europe and Turkey, announces the appointment of Dominic Deeny as Managing Director Multi Ireland. He joined 1 July 2016. Dominic Deeny was previously Chief Executive of Chartered Land in Dublin. Multi Ireland manages Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin, one of Ireland’s leading retail and leisure destinations, following the acquisition by Blackstone on 4 August 2016. Blanchardstown is the largest investment in the Multi portfolio and the company’s first asset in Ireland. Jaap Blokhuis, CEO of Multi Corporation said: “We are delighted that Dominic is joining us. His appointment will bring key development and asset management experience to Multi Ireland, given his track record at Dunnes Stores, Chartered Land and Westfield. We are excited about the opportunity to further improve Blanchardstown under Dominic’s leadership, strengthening its position as one of Ireland’s leading retail and leisure destinations.”
Multi Corporation Appoints Steven Poelman as Chief Financial Officer
Multi Corporation announces the appointment of Steven Poelman as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He was previously Managing Director of Multi Turkey and succeeds Frank de Moes. Jonathan Lurie, Managing Director at Blackstone, said: “Steven Poelman has had a distinguished history with Blackstone, first as a managing partner in our Qubicon retail business, and then as CFO of Multi Turkey. We are delighted that Steven has become CFO of our retail platform in Europe, and look forward to working with him and the rest of the Multi team as we continue to expand this exciting business across Europe.’’ Jaap Blokhuis, CEO of Multi Corporation, said: “We are hugely grateful to Frank de Moes for the critical role he played as interim CFO over the last two years during which time Multi has been transformed from a developer into an asset management company. Steven Poelman has extensive industry knowledge gained over the last 15 years and brings considerable understanding of the opportunities we face.’’
IKEA CENTRES ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW MD
IKEA Centres is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerard Groener as new Managing Director. Gerard Groener is replacing John Tegnér and takes on the role from March 2016. Gerard Groener has 25 years of experience in retail real estate. He joined IKEA Centres as Deputy Manager in June 2015 having previously worked for Dutch-based retail property company Corio. He held different positions within Corio from 1996, ultimately as CEO from 2008 until 2015 when Corio was acquired by French property company Klépierre. Gerard Groener said, “I look forward to my new role and to continuing to build our business together with the IKEA stores and our tenants. What I want to bring to the role,” he continued “is a view of the future of IKEA Centres with the customer in focus in everything we do. Ours is very much a people business, not only inside the company with colleagues and business partners, but also toward the customer. It is exciting to have the opportunity to lead IKEA Group’s shopping centre unit”.
Monica C. Lozano Named to Target Corporation’s Board of Directors
Target Corporation announced today its board of directors elected Monica C. Lozano as a new director, effective immediately. Ms. Lozano is the former CEO of ImpreMedia, one of the largest media companies serving Hispanic communities in the U.S. Ms. Lozano, 59, spent four years as CEO of ImpreMedia where she led the transformation of the business into a fully integrated multimedia content company. Previously, Ms. Lozano was Publisher and CEO of La Opinión, the largest Hispanic newspaper in the country, where she began her career in 1985. Under her leadership, the company expanded into new markets and pursued product extensions. Ms. Lozano has more than 15 years of public board experience and has committed much of her time to non-profit organizations, including serving in leadership roles with the National Council of La Raza. She also served as a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
LIGANOVA USA WELCOMES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR, DANIEL KELLMEREIT
Leading international BrandRetail specialist LIGANOVA announces the appointment of Daniel Kellmereit as new managing director for LIGANOVA USA Inc., based in San Francisco / Silicon Valley. The US-company opened in 2015, marks an extension of the LIGANOVA group. This appointment is the latest move in LIGANOVA’s global expansion and a step towards achieving their mission of closing the gap between physical & digital, enabling them to create a seamless brand, product and service Experience. Kellmereit brings a decade’s experience from Deutsche Telekom’s strategic advisory unit Detecon, running the North America business for 8 years. Honing in on Connected POS, one of LIGANOVA’s key competences, his main objective is to actively shape the connection between the digital and the offline world. “Businesses tap into this new area of the ‘digital consumer’, and there is an urgent need to build a whole range of new products, services and business models”, explains Kellmereit. “These new disruptive forces are still drastically underestimated by a number of brands and retailers”
New Country Head at NEINVER Poland
Bożena Gierszewska-Mroziewicz has taken the position of Country Head NEINVER Poland. She will be managing day-to-day operations of the company’s Polish branch. As Country Head, Bożena Gierszewska-Mroziewicz is going to be responsible for implementing NEINVER’s strategy, cooperation with investors, management of NEINVER’s projects in Poland, as well as daily business. She joined NEINVER ten years ago. Acting as International Asset Management Director, she manages retail centres across Europe. Before being promoted to that position, she had served as Asset Management Director in Poland, overseeing the operations of the FACTORY outlet chain and Galeria Malta, and as the Manager of FACTORY Ursus, the country’s first outlet centre. Bożena Gierszewska-Mroziewicz will combine the roles of Country Head NEINVER Poland and International Asset Management Director.
Neinver Appoints Daniel Losantos as New CEO
Neinver, an industry-leading company highly specialised in development, property and investment management and second operator of outlet centres in Europe, has appointed Daniel Losantos, Managing Director until now, as CEO of the Group. Carlos González will take over as Neinver’s Managing Director. González, who served as Chief Financial Officer over the past three years, will continue to perform the duties associated with that position together with the company’s management. Daniel Losantos is an Industrial Engineer by the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas ICAI and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He joined Neinver’s Business Development Department in 2011 and was named Managing Director in 2012. Previously, he worked at the finance boutique A&G for several years.
Multi Corporation Appoints Françoise Dechesne as Managing Director
Multi Corporation announces the appointment of Françoise Dechesne (1964) as Managing Director Multi Netherlands and Multi Belgium as per 1 October 2015. Françoise Dechesne was previously CEO of the MAB Development Group in The Hague. As Managing Director Multi Netherlands and Multi Belgium, Dechesne will be responsible for Multi’s Development and Asset Management activities in these two countries. Multi has strong ambitions to grow further in the Netherlands and Belgium. The company currently has 16 shopping centres under management, 4 shopping centres under construction and a significant future development pipeline in this region.