// Hammerson appoints Méka Brunel as a new non-executive director
// She will join the boardroom of the shopping centre giant on December 1
// Brunel is currently CEO of Paris-based real estate investment firm Gecina
Hammerson has announced the appointment of Méka Brunel as a new board member.
Brunel will join the shopping centre giant from December 1 as a non-executive director as well as a member of its investment disposal and nomination committees.
She is currently the chief executive of Gecina, a Euronext-listed and Paris-based real estate investment trust which owns a French office and residential portfolio worth around €19.9 billion (£17.1 billion).
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Brunel’s careert within real estate and construction has seen her undertake various roles delivering major residential and office development sites and managing office portfolios.
In 2003 she joined Gecina as executive director of strategic development, when the company she was working for merged with the business.
In 2006, Brunel was appointed chief executive of Eurosic, the office REIT, a role she held for three years before becoming European president of Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2009.
Méka returned to Gecina in 2014, joining the board as a non-executive director before being appointed as its chief executive in 2017.
She was appointed in October 2017 to chair the Métropole du Grand Paris, the administrative structure that oversees the City of Paris and surrounding suburbs.
“Méka has exceptional experience in the European real estate sector and we look forward very much to welcoming her to our board,” Hammerson chair David Tyler said.
“With close to half of our property portfolio outside of the UK, we are pleased to strengthen our European expertise.
“In addition, as we build momentum with our City Quarters concept, we will benefit from her experience and skills in property outside of retail.”