GSA appoints new CEO

Student living specialist Global Student Accommodation (GSA) has appointed Will Rowson as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

Steve Grant is stepping down as CEO to pursue a new business venture with Nicholas Porter, owner of GSA. We will provide further details of this exciting new venture to the market over the coming weeks.

Rowson has spent time with the core leadership team over the past few months to ensure a smooth transition. The timing of this transition has been carefully planned and was delayed due to recent global events. Will’s appointment will enable the business to benefit from his global presence and experience to drive performance and significant global growth. Will brings in-depth knowledge of the Investment Management industry with over 30 years experience in the Real Estate sector.
Porter says: “We are very pleased to welcome Will to the GSA team. Will’s experience and expertise in the Real Estate sector will drive our business forward and support our underlying portfolio on a global scale.
“The resilience of higher education underpins the sector fundamentals over the long term. Global investor appetite is increasing for secure, high yielding revenue streams, which PBSA delivers. We seek opportunities to expand globally with a strong outlook ahead as demand grows.
“GSA has been the pioneer and global leader in student living. As the market evolves globally, we remain well positioned to capitalise as an institutional grade alternative asset class through our unique understanding of different international markets and our integrated relationships.
“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for his highly valued commitment, contribution and guidance to GSA over the last five years and look forward to working together in our new business venture.”
Rowson says: “This is a great opportunity to work with an exceptional management team. My experience in global real estate markets will benefit the ambitious growth plans of GSA.

“GSA has a unique offering in the alternative asset class space where there is significant investor demand across global markets. This combined with the future growth of the higher education system, demand for PBSA and shortage of supply as the student population grows makes for an attractive proposition as I step into the CEO position."