Aviva Investors appoints John Gellatly to its global real estate multi-manager business
23 April 2009
(London) - Aviva Investors today announced that John Gellatly is joining its global real estate multi-manager team to lead the business in Europe.
John joins Aviva Investors from BlackRock where he has been a managing director and head of real estate fund of funds since 2005. Prior to joining BlackRock, John was a director at Credit Suisse First Boston working in the real estate investment banking team and prior to that held a variety of roles as a real estate equity analyst, strategist and researcher. John is also vice chair of the Investment Property Forum, Chair of the Forum’s Research Steering Group and has been heavily involved in consultation with Government on a range of issues, most notably UK REITs.
Nick Mansley, global director of multi-manager at Aviva Investors, said; "I am delighted John is joining our growing multi-manager business. His background in research, investment banking and managing fund of funds complements the team and shows our commitment to provide the highest quality service. As real estate markets become increasingly attractively priced we believe there will be renewed interest in real estate investing and we will be extremely well placed to help clients achieve their plans.”
John Gellatly said; “I am really excited at joining the world’s largest real estate multi-manager platform. The current re-pricing of real estate markets offers a fantastic opportunity to build on Aviva Investors’ success and to build global high performing portfolios for clients. This is a challenging role and I’m looking forward to joining Aviva Investors and helping deliver on its growth plans.”
Aviva Investors manages over £3 billion of multi-manager real estate mandates globally. The 20 person real estate multi-manager team works in London, New York and Singapore on segregated indirect real estate portfolios and mandates for institutional clients.
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