Generali Real Estate (GRE) has announced the creation of two new functions and the hiring of Anthony Butler as its head of Corporate Finance.
Butler joins GRE after working at other real estate firms such as TIAA Henderson, MGPA and RREEF.
In his new role, the Hong Kong-born British manager will focus on coordinating and developing GRE’s sourcing capabilities as well as financially structuring the main real estate transactions. He will also be in charge of monitoring the indirect real estate investments of the Group.
The second new function has been entrusted to Cristiano Stampa, who has been working for Generali since 2003.
As GRE’s head of Fund Management and International Investments, Stampa will coordinate the investment strategies proposed to the Group insurance companies, the commercial real estate lending activity and the cross border fund management.
Three other long term Generali professionals have also been assigned to senior-level management roles.
Davy Gomes, who joined GRE in 2009 as the head of Corporate Strategic Planning & Finance, is the new Chief Financial Officer, while the French branch is now directed by Sebastien Pezet, who took over from the recently retired Philippe Brion.
Alberto Agazzi, within the Group since 2005 and former Head of GRE real estate services in Italy, will run GRE’s Italian operations as CEO and Managing Director of GRE SGR S.p.A.
Christian Delaire, CEO of Generali Real Estate, said: “These moves mark a significant step forward for our company, which now counts on a best-in-class management team. By hiring Anthony we have added a talented professional with an outstanding international experience, while with Cristiano, Davy, Alberto and Sebastien we already had the four best possible options within our ranks.
“As we keep diversifying our portfolio and rolling out a global investment program, their broad knowledge of the business and the markets will play a key role in achieving these goals.”
The five managers will also sit in the Generali Real Estate Steering Committee, together with CEO Christian Delaire, head of German branch Martin Schramm and head of Human Resources Anna Manto.