The non-profit association yesterday announced Patrick Kanters as chairman at its AGM. Kanters has previous experience as a global investor, formerly working at ING Real Estate. Kanters is also a member of the Executive Board of EPRA and sits on the board of investing firm Steen & Strom. In his new position, he will help develop industry standards for the non-listed real estate vehicles sector, such as developing global standardisation and promoting inter-regional research programmes.

Mecom Group
The consumer publishing company has appointed Torben Lundberg as chief information officer. Lundberg has been working for Mecom since 2008 and has over 15 years of experience in the media industry. In his new role, Lundberg will focus on creating group-wide IT solutions. Mecom has also appointed Mark Leimann as group director of its Sweetdeal brand. Leimann has been at Mecom since 2006. He will be responsible for the development of international consumer sales products.

WH Ireland
The wealth management and corporate finance services group has announced that Andrew Kitchingman will be joining the group as a director in corporate finance. Analysts Nick Spoliar and Angus McPhail have also joined the company. Kitchingman and Spoliar both worked previously at Arbuthnot Securities, while McPhail has moved to WH Ireland from Investec. The three combined have more than 50 years of experience in working on corporate transactions.

Grant Thornton
The financial consulting firm has hired Simon Bevan as partner in the firm’s London audit practice. Bevan spent 30 years at BDO and left the firm last summer to take a nine-month sabbatical, which he spent in China working as a visiting professor at Xiamen University. Bevan’s main focus will be to develop the firm’s privately held audit practice.

Old Mutual Asset Management
The investing firm has appointed Olivier Lebleu as head of non-US distribution for Old Mutual Asset Management International. Prior to joining the organisation, Lebleu was a partner and a member of the investment advisory committee at Stenham (Montier & Partners). Lebleu will be based in London and help to contribute to the firm’s global expansion efforts.

The multi-asset brokerage has named Marc Lorin as deputy head of origination and structuring for the Americas, James Shekerdemian as head of origination and structuring for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Charles Hill as his deputy at the alternative investment solutions (AIS) division of its prime clearing services team.