Aviva makes senior real estate appointments

Aviva Investors has made two senior appointments to its real estate team in Sydney.

Ben Sanderson would join the firm in January 2022 as managing director of real estate. He joined the firm from Federated Hermes where he was executive director of fund management with responsibility for global real estate, UK residential and real estate debt.

He would report to Daniel McHugh, chief investment officer for real assets and join the real assets senior leadership team.

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The second appointment for the team was the promotion of James Stevens to head of real estate investment, reporting to Sanderson.

This followed his leadership of the team on an interim basis since February 2021. In the new role, he would be responsible for delivering strong performance for clients through investment opportunities and leading joint venture and co-investment programmes.

McHugh said: “We are delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Ben’s calibre to Aviva Investors. Ben has demonstrable experience in leading teams and setting and executing business strategies, as well as strong pedigree in research and ESG. I look forward to working closely with him to further strengthen our direct real estate capabilities.

“I also want to thank James for leading the team over the past several months and to congratulate him on his new role.”

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