Grosvenor appoints new European Chairman and third external Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Lane is appointed Chairman of the Grosvenor Europe board while Olivier Piani is appointed as the third external Non-Executive Director (NED).

2nd January 2018


Grosvenor Group Limited, the privately-owned international property Group, announces the appointment of Jonathan Lane as Chairman of the Grosvenor Europe board. Further strengthening the business, Olivier Piani has also been appointed as the European Board’s third external Non-Executive Director (NED).

Jonathan Lane joined the Grosvenor Europe Board as the first Non-Executive Director (NED) in July 2016.  Jonathan is Chairman of the EMEA Real Estate Investment Banking business of Morgan Stanley and has been with the firm since 1999. Prior to this, he worked with SG Warburg & Co Ltd, UBS and British Petroleum. Jonathan is also on the Board of Secure Income REIT PLC and Resolution Property LLP. His Chairmanship became effective 1 January 2018.

Also effective on the 1 January 2018 was the appointment of Olivier Piani as Non-Executive Director. Olivier also sits on the board of Prologis and holds Senior Consultant positions with a major European Private Equity Group and with a US-based Value-Added Real Estate Fund Manager. Previous to this, Olivier was the CEO of Allianz Real Estate, the real estate investment platform for the Allianz Group, which he regrouped and restructured successfully to serve the Allianz Group of insurances. 

Mark Preston, CEO, Grosvenor Group, comments: “We are delighted on both Jonathan’s new role and Olivier’s appointment.  Jonathan’s move to Chairman reflects the success of the Grosvenor Europe business since its launch in 2016. Olivier will also strengthen the diversity of the board, particularly with his knowledge and experience in the French real estate markets, as we continue to explore new opportunities.”

Jonathan Lane, Chairman, Grosvenor Europe, added: “I’m delighted to be able to deepen my relationship with Grosvenor and to continue to support the growth of the European business. Olivier’s breadth of experience and knowledge further enhances the capabilities of Grosvenor Europe.”

Olivier Piani, Non-Executive Director, Grosvenor Europe, said: “I look forward to joining a company with the values and vision of Grosvenor. There is a lot of potential in Grosvenor Europe and I’m excited to help the team achieve their ambitions.”

The Grosvenor Europe Board as of 1 January 2018:

Non-Executive Directors: Patricia Abril, Jonathan Lane (Chairman), Olivier Piani, Mark Preston, Nick Scarles.

Executive Directors: James Raynor, Robert Davis, Sara Lucas, Giles Wintle.


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Notes to Editors

Grosvenor Europe

Grosvenor Europe invests, develops, operates and manages real estate assets and funds, with a focus on six European cities: Paris, Lyon, Stockholm, Madrid, Milan and Liverpool. We specialise in mixed-use property, with strong expertise in retail and leisure and adopt a long-term, value-add approach.

Working closely with like-minded partners, we create value for our partners and shareholders by creating compelling investment strategies that are expertly implemented by our local teams.We strive to bring our ‘Living cities’ philosophy to life, and to generate value for the communities in which we work, by creating places that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Previously known as Grosvenor Fund Management, as at 31 December 2016 we managed £2.9bn / €3.4bn of assets, including a portfolio of historical buildings in the heart of Lyon’s city centre in France, Liverpool ONE in the UK and Sk√§rholmen Centrum shopping centre in Stockholm.  We also have three residential developments underway in Madrid.

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