Hines Europe Changes to Sole CEO
- Jan 05, 2017
London—Hines has announced Lars Huber will be taking on the role of sole CEO of Hines Europe and will join the executive committee this month. The CEO position was a joint effort of both Huber and Michael Topham, who held the role for 26 years in Europe and the Hines Midwest Region. Topham is stepping down but will stay on as a senior advisor to Huber, bringing more than four decades of experience to the development side of the business at the firm’s headquarters in London.
“It has been an amazing journey to be with Hines for 42 years. Having built buildings across America, to then start operations in Europe from scratch in the early 90s, to create a truly unique platform in 11 countries in Europe, building teams, projects and organizations has been a memorable experience,” said Topham, in prepared remarks. “There is no better person than Lars to take this platform forward and to grow it into an even more successful enterprise for Hines and our investor partners.”
Huber first joined Hines in 1996 and moved on to head the firm’s Munich office until 2004. He relocated to London as fund manager for the Hines European Value Added Fund in 2005, before being responsible for equity capital raising in Europe and Asia in 2007 as a member of the Capital Markets Group. Huber was appointed CFO & co-CEO in January 2016, with joint responsibilities for all development, operations and acquisitions in the region.
“Lars has created significant value for Hines and our investors in his two decade career with the firm and will continue to be an excellent leader for our European Region as it grows,” said Jeff Hines, president & CEO of Hines. “Geographic and product type diversity across Europe is an important link in our global strategy.”
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