AXA IM Alts hires Rob Samuel as UK Head of Development

AXA IM Alts hires Rob Samuel as UK Head of Development
Rob Samuel, UK head of Development, AXA IM Alts

AXA IM Alts has hired Rob Samuel as UK Head of Development.

Based in London, Samuel will manage the full breadth of AXA IM Alts’ UK multi-sector development programme. 

Samuel joins AXA IM Alts effective immediately and will report to Germain Aunidas, Global Head of Development.

”Rob’s appointment will be key to supporting the ongoing growth of AXA IM Alts’ market-leading development platform which pursues both develop-to-trade and develop-to-hold strategies over the whole asset classes spectrum and aims to capitalise on increasing occupier and investor demand for high-quality buildings which are future fit and have strong ESG credentials,” said AXA IM Alts in a press release.

Rob Samuel has over 25 years of development and multi-sector experience in London and the wider UK, delivering high quality customer focused buildings designed to maximise value, and joins AXA IM Alts from the mixed use regeneration of Battersea Power Station (BPS), where he served as Chief Development Officer.

Prior to BPS, he spent 12 years at FTSE 100 property company British Land, latterly as Head of Office Development. A Chartered Surveyor, Rob started his career at Knight Frank before moving to Orbit Developments.

Having overseen more than 5m sq ft of development, Rob has wide ranging experience of all elements of development and place making with emphasis on value creation, de-risking and delivering enhanced returns, whilst working closely with a variety of multi disciplinary teams and joint venture partners, the company said.

Germain Aunidas, Global Head of Development at AXA IM Alts commented: “The UK is one of AXA IM Alts’ most important markets and home to some of our most significant and high-profile development projects. Engaging with Rob to lead our UK development platform is, given its calibre, integral to helping us achieve our strong ambitions in the country, both in terms of the projects we want to undertake and our pursuit of sustainable development.  It is particularly pleasing to welcome Rob to the team at a time when we are progressing a number of exciting opportunities across the office, residential and logistics sectors. Rob shares the wider development team’s vision and mission to create buildings that deliver environmental performance, long-term value and societal purpose, for investors, tenants, and people.”