// Hammerson hires Grégoire Peureux as first ever chief operating officer
// Peureux joins the newly created role from real estate investment advisor Rove Capital Partners
Hammerson has appointed Grégoire Peureux to the newly created role of chief operating officer.
Peureux will join the group executive committee and will focus on the delivery of strategic initiatives at a group level.
He has over 17 years of experience in the real estate industry, and joins Hammerson from real estate investment advisor Rove Capital Partners, where he was a founding partner.
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He had previously worked at Ivanhoe Cambridge for more than 13 years, initially as chief financial officer for Europe, before being promoted to acting head of Europe.
“Grégoire’s extensive experience and new perspective will ensure we become more agile and are in the best possible position to respond to this period of extraordinary change and disruption,” Hammerson chief executive Rita-Rose Gagné said.
Peureux added: “I am really looking forward to being part of the Hammerson team, getting under the skin of the business and the assets and identifying and leveraging the opportunities we have with the future make-up of the portfolio and the breadth of Hammerson’s proposition.”
Gagné joined Hammerson in September from Ivanhoé Cambridge where she oversaw real estate assets across Asia Pacific and Latin America.
The former Canadian president of growth markets at the real estate firm had also worked in various property markets across the world, including the UK, France and Germany.
Gagné succeeded chief executive David Atkins to take the helm at the embattled owner of the Bullring shopping centre.