Union Investment Real Estate GmbH is expanding its senior leadership team. With effect from 1 July 2020, Christoph Holzmann (43) will be appointed to the Management Board of the Hamburg-based real estate investment manager as its fourth member, subject to approval by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). In his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Holzmann will be in charge of developing the business processes of Union Investment’s fast-growing real estate division. His responsibilities will include in particular continuous improvement of the operational and organisational structure. He will be a driver of change and optimisation with a focus on digital transformation. Christoph Holzmann joins the company from Beos AG, where as Chief Financial Officer he was responsible for financing, controlling, taxes, risk management and compliance from 2016 onwards. A native of Hamburg, he has around 16 years of experience in the real estate and financial sectors which he acquired in various positions at Beos, Quantum Immobilien, Berenberg Bank and Deutsche Bank. Christoph Holzmann holds a business studies degree from the European Business School (ebs), an MSc in Real Estate from Georgia State University (Atlanta) and a doctorate from the European Business School (ebs). He is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
“We are delighted that Christoph Holzmann is joining us. As an internationally experienced and respected expert in the real estate and financial sectors, his extensive strategic expertise and strong background in important innovation fields such as business intelligence and data science will be hugely valuable in developing our real estate business,” said Jens Wilhelm, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH.
Christoph Holzmann will take over as COO from Jörn Stobbe, who has held the position since 2017 in addition to his role as Chairman of the Management Board. The senior management team also includes Martin J. Bruehl, who is responsible for investment management, and Volker Noack, who is in charge of asset management and real estate project management.
Union Investment is the leading provider of open-ended real estate funds in Germany. The company currently has assets under management of EUR 43.5 billion across its actively managed real estate retail and special funds.