CBRE Global Investors appoints Global CIO and EMEA CEO
CBRE Global Investors has appointed Sophie van Oosterom as Chief Executive Officer EMEA, leading the European arm of the investment manager, with EUR33.9 billion under management (as per Q1 2018) in 15 countries across Europe.
In addition to her new EMEA responsibilities, Sophie will also continue in her role of as Chief Investment Officer for EMEA. Sophie succeeds Jeremy Plummer, who has been promoted to Global Chief Investment Officer.
“I am delighted to announce Jeremy Plummer and Sophie van Oosterom in their new roles,” says Ritson Ferguson, CEO of CBRE Global Investors. “Jeremy has successfully led the European investment business since 2016. He is a very experienced global investor and we will benefit from his insight and strategic thinking in his new role working closely with the regional and business unit CIOs to coordinate investment decision-making and our program offerings on a global basis. Jeremy will chair the Global Investment Committee.”
Ritson Ferguson adds: “Sophie has played a key role in reshaping and growing the EMEA business to the world-class platform it is today and is the perfect investment professional to lead the EMEA team as we continue to drive investment performance for our clients. She has broad real estate experience and a solid track record of investment performance and client outcomes. She will be well-supported in her expanded role by our EMEA leadership team and the property sector leaders we have put in place.”
Plummer began his real estate career in 1988 and has served in an international capacity in all roles. He joined CBRE Global Investors in June 2006 when CBRE Global Investors acquired Oxford Property Consultants (OPC), which he co-founded. OPC was renamed CBRE Global Investment Partners and under his leadership became a leading provider of global indirect investment solutions. He was appointed CEO of CBRE Global Investors EMEA business in 2016 and is a member of the Global Executive Committee.
Sophie van Oosterom has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and joined the company in 2013 as Head of EMEA Special Programs. She was appointed Chief Investment Officer of the EMEA business in 2015. She is also a member of the Global Executive Committee and Global Investment Committee. Before joining CBRE Global Investors Sophie was a Managing Director and European Head of Asset Management of the Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners private equity funds (now Silverpeak Real Estate Partners) with around USD20 billion of assets under management at its peak. In this capacity, she was a member of the board of a large number of real estate companies throughout Europe, where she helped define strategy, financial structuring and value creation across all real estate asset classes. Sophie started her career in investment banking M&A advisory with Barings and JP Morgan.
The appointments are pending regulatory approvals.