12 Apr 2016
M7 appoints David Simmonds as Chief Financial Officer
London, 12 April 2016 – M7 Real Estate Ltd (“M7”), the pan-European real estate investment and asset manager, announces that it has appointed David Simmonds as Chief Financial Officer. David’s appointment follows the continued growth of M7, which increased its AUM by 60% to c. €1.7 billion in 2015.
David, who will be based in London, joins M7 from APN Property Group where he was Finance Director of Australian Securities Exchange-listed Industria REIT since its inception and IPO in December 2013. Managed by specialist real estate investment manager APN Property Group, Industria is a small cap vehicle that currently has $400 million AUM and invests primarily in urban logistics and business parks. Prior to working in the Australian market, David held a series of senior positions across multiple geograhies and real estate asset types, working in a number of European markets throughout his more than 20 year career. This includes the role of Chief Financial Officer for Europe at APN’s office in London, where he was responsible for APN’s European business activities across 11 European jurisdictions and over 60 corporate entities. David also spent over three years from 2007 to 2010 as Finance Director for the Goodman Group, where he held responsibility for its European Business Parks Division.
Richard Croft, M7 Real Estate’s CEO, said: “David joins us at a tremendously exciting period in M7‘s growth. His extensive experience across both listed vehicles and private equity businesses, as well as companies in growth mode, means that he is well positioned to help M7 into the next phase of its expansion. We very much look forward to working with him.”
David Simmonds said: “This is a great opportunity to join a company that is at a pivotal stage in its development, and I look forward to working with the team to continue building on M7‘s success to date.”