Aviva Investors announces senior real estate hires

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), today announces three senior hires in newly-created roles to its Direct Real Estate team as part of the expansion of its Real Assets platform.

James Stevens has been appointed Head of Development, Global Real Estate, with responsibility for identifying and delivering mixed-use developments, joint ventures, land master planning and reconfigurations of schemes across the retail, leisure, commercial and residential sectors. James joins Aviva Investors following eight years at Aberdeen Standard Investments where, as Fund Manager and Head of UK Development, he sourced, underwrote and executed investments across a range of core, value-add and opportunistic funds. He will report to Daniel McHugh, Managing Director, Real Estate Investments, Aviva Investors.

Stuart Cranna has been appointed Head of Real Estate Services, with responsibility for property services and client experience; developing relationships with occupiers and other key stakeholders. Stuart joins after six years at BlackRock, where he was Head of Enterprise Services; leading the transformation of a multi-function department including Real Estate, Facilities Management, Security, Resilience, Sustainability and Travel. He will report to Melanie Collett, Head of Real Estate Asset Management, Aviva Investors.

Tania Green has been appointed Yardi System Owner, with responsibility for enhancing data quality and performance metrics to facilitate smarter and faster decisions across the portfolio. Tania spent five years at BRE Europe, most recently as Vice President, IT Applications, where she advised on the onboarding and implementation strategy for the BRE portfolio across 15 countries. She will report to Toni Miller, Real Assets Business Management Director, Aviva Investors.

Daniel McHugh, Managing Director, Real Estate Investments, Aviva Investors, said:

“As we grow our Real Assets business, we are delighted to attract talent such as James, Stuart and Tania to Aviva Investors. Strengthening our capabilities in development, client experience and data will lead to an enhanced offering to our clients.”

Melanie Collett, Head of Real Estate Asset Management, Aviva Investors said: “These newly-created roles build on our existing expertise and position our real estate business for growth in 2019 and beyond. We will continue to strengthen the DRE team with further hires in 2019.”

Direct Real Estate is a key part of Aviva Investors’ £41 billion Real Assets platform*. David Skinner and Daniel McHugh lead a team of over 100 professionals in London, Paris and Frankfurt, managing £20.4 billion of assets. 

*As at December 2018 



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