Bourgeois joins Hammerson

Published:  10 October, 2016

Revo president leaves Capital & Regional for major new retail role

Bourgeois will become Hammerson’s managing director UK and Ireland with responsibility for its £6.2bn prime retail portfolio and he will also sit on Hammerson's Group Executive Committee. Following the company's milestone entry into the Irish retail property market last year, the new role will strengthen its strategic retail credentials and will assume overall responsibility for leasing, asset management and operations across the shopping centre and retail parks portfolio in both the UK and Ireland.

With over 20 years of experience in the retail property sector, Bourgeois managed Capital & Regional's substantial retail portfolio with responsibility for repositioning high profile retail and leisure destinations across the UK. He is currently president of Revo (formerly the British Council of Shopping Centres) and will step down from that role at the end of his term in office in December.

As part of the change in structure to the senior team, Martin Plocica, currently director of UK and Ireland shopping centres, will step back from the business on a day to day basis. Martin joined Hammerson in 2011 and has played a key role in establishing Hammerson as a leading retail REIT. In the months ahead he will be supporting the business in transitioning to the new structure before leaving the company in 2017.

Hammerson CEO David Atkins said: "The ever increasing pace of structural change in retail has led us to revaluate how we operate as a business and how we drive forward the various divisions. This role brings a new level of expertise and skills and is in line with our ambition to deliver the best European retail locations for our retailers and consumers."

At the same time Capital & Regional has appointed Guillaume Poitrinal – formerly chief executive of Europe’s largest retail landlord Unibail-Rodamco – as a non-executive director.

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