Hammerson appoints Rita-Rose Gagné as its new CEO

Rita will help Hammerson navigate through the challenges Covid-19 poses for the real estate sector.

JSE-listed, British property development and investment company, Hammerson, has announced the appointment of Rita-Rose Gagné as its new CEO.

About her appointment, Rita said: “The retail and real estate sectors are going through a period of unprecedented change, which makes this a very exciting time to be joining the business. I look forward to working with Hammerson’s experienced team and all its stakeholders, to both navigate through the challenges, but also seek out the opportunities to create value moving forwards.”

Rita most recently served as the president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge, where she was responsible for $7.6 billion of real estate assets across Asia Pacific and Latin America. She joined Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2006 and has held a variety of other roles, including vice president of global strategy, portfolio management and investment funds. She also served as senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel at Société immobilière Trans-Québec.

During her career, she has worked in property markets across the world, including the UK, France and Germany.

Rita is also a lawyer and holds an MBA from McGill-HEC Montreal.

According to the statement, Hammerson anticipates that Rita will take up her new role with the company before the end of the year. David Atkins will continue to serve as CEO until she joins the company.

Hammerson board chair Robert Noel said: “I am delighted that Rita-Rose will join Hammerson as our next CEO. She has an excellent track record in international real estate investment, building high-quality teams, developing strategic partnerships, execution and delivering results.”