EPP expands its Executive Management Team with Agata Sekuła, the CEE top retail real estate investment expert, appointed as Chief Divestment & Investment Officer
JSE-listed EPP, the largest owner of shopping centres in Poland, announces the appointment of Agata Sekuła as the company’s Executive Management Team Member responsible for sales and acquisitions. Agata will join EPP from 1 March 2021 and be responsible for executing the EPP’s divestment and investment plans, with particular focus on acquiring institutional co-investors for EPP’s retail portfolio.
Agata Sekuła has over 20 years of investment advisory experience in the retail sector and is one of the most renowned retail real estate experts in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region. With a 22-year professional career at JLL, Agata will leave the real estate advisory giant, where she is currently Vice President of the Management Board and Head of the Capital Markets team in Poland. Agata has earned the reputation of being a go-to market expert for retail investment matters and has an enviable track record of successful sales and acquisitions of retail properties in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary, having completed transactions with a total value of over EUR 13.5 billion. Agata Sekuła specialises in transactions involving the sales and acquisitions of shopping centres, both single properties and large retail real estate portfolios. Agata was responsible for preparing sales processes, sales marketing of projects, due diligence analyses, transaction structuring, commercial negotiations and supervising the fulfilment of transaction terms agreed by parties, among other things.
During her career, Agata Sekuła has advised in the largest and most important transactions involving leading Polish retail properties, such as Chariot portfolio (28 retail locations sold for EUR 1 billion by the consortium of Apollo-Rida, Ares and AXA), Atrium European Real Estate portfolio (Atrium Felicity in Lublin and Atrium Koszalin shopping centres and Tyrion portfolio), flagship shopping centres Galeria Katowicka and Silesia City Center both located in Katowice, Manufaktura in Łódź, Stary Browar in Poznań, Magnolia Park in Wrocław, Promenada in Warsaw, and many others.
Tomasz Trzósło, CEO of EPP, says, “I am delighted to welcome Agata to the EPP team, especially as I am very well aware of her unique, best-in-class competence in the retail investment market, her knowledge and reputation within the retail investor community in Europe, and her great effectiveness in concluding the most complex transactions. I am sure that EPP’s strategic mission of sourcing co-investors for its retail portfolio in the coming years is in the best hands. She is the best possible hire for EPP to maximise its prospects for the successful delivery of our asset recycling strategy. Agata is well acquainted with most of the investors operating in the Central European retail markets, as well as with EPP’s shopping centres, having over the years participated in transactions involving almost all the retail assets currently in our portfolio. I am convinced that Agata will not only help us to find the best business partners for our company but also professionally manage the long-term relationships within our planned joint ventures, which will further stable development of EPP in the years to come.”