LONDON—AEW Europe has appointed Rob Wilkinson to succeed Christian Delaire as its chief executive officer. In a separate announcement, the firm notes that it transacted more than $3.7 billion in business in 2013.
Wilkinson has been with the firm since 2009 when he joined as managing director, head of European fund management and separate accounts. He was later promoted to chief investment officer in 2011.
“We are pleased to offer this position to Rob which will ensure continuity in the management of our European business,” said Jeffrey Furber, chairman of AEW Europe. “As chief investment officer he has been instrumental in growing the business over the last five years and expanding our client base and product range.”
Prior to joining AEW Europe Wilkinson held various positions at the Goodman Group, UBS Investment Banking and Eurohypo. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he started his career as an auditor with KPMG. He has previously lived in Paris and Brussels and is fluent in French.
“I’m delighted to be offered the opportunity to lead our European platform and am looking forward to working with the senior management team to further grow our business, “ Wilkinson said. “As the markets continue to improve, AEW Europe is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the current markets.”
Jean Lavieille has also been appointed directeur general delegue of AEW Europe SA until January 2015, after which he will take up the role of senior advisor as previously announced.
AEW Europe is one of the leading European real estate investment managers operating from nine offices throughout Europe and over 280 professionals across the platform.
AEW Europe recently stated that it raised new capital during 2013 totaling $2.2 billion (€1.6B) including three transferred mandates in UK, France and Italy. The AEW UK Core Property Fund launched in 2012, remained the top performing balanced fund in the UK for 2013 with a total unlevered return of 16.9% and has seen a steady growth in capital inflows.
AEW Europe is currently marketing value-added and opportunistic funds, as well as a logistics fund, which recently announced a second close taking the fund’s capital to $833 million (€600M).