AMB Property Corporation(R)
The following officer has joined the company in Europe: -- Anton van Vlerken -- Vice President, General Manager, Benelux. Anton van Vlerken has joined AMB as vice president, general manager, Benelux. Before joining AMB, van Vlerken was responsible for establishing and managing the Benelux platform of Laurus Real Estate & Legal. Prior to that, van Vlerken was director of real estate & facility manager for DHL Benelux, Deutsche Post Real Estate, and managing director real estate Baltic States for Ahold Real Estate Europe, a subsidiary of Dutch-based supermarket and foodservice operator Ahold.
"We are pleased to welcome Anton to AMB's team of industry leading real estate professionals in Europe," said Guy Jaquier, AMB Property Corporation's president, Europe & Asia. "In just two years, we have grown our European operations five-fold, results made possible with the quality of talent we've attracted. As AMB continues to grow its distribution and logistics facilities platform across Europe, we look forward to Anton's contributions, with those of Francois Rispe, whose hire as vice president, director of project development, France, was recently announced."
The following officers in Europe have expanded roles: -- Alfred Vos -- Senior Vice President, Director of Development and Operations, Europe. As the newly appointed director of development and operations, Europe, Alfred Vos takes on a broader role within AMB by assuming responsibility for the company's Europe operations in addition to his responsibility as the director of project development for Europe. Vos is a European distribution industry and real estate specialist with more than 10 years of pan-European development and operations experience. He joined AMB in 2005. -- Arthur Tielens -- Senior Vice President, Fund Manager, Europe. Arthur Tielens is transitioning from his current role as regional manager, Europe to the role of fund manager of AMB's Europe Fund. Tielens will be responsible for portfolio management of the Europe Fund. Since joining AMB in 2004, Tielens has been instrumental in sourcing and closing acquisitions in Europe. Tielens is a European commercial real estate veteran, active since 1990. -- Henk Folmer -- Vice President, Customer Development & Leasing, Europe. Henk Folmer takes on the broader role of vice president, customer development & leasing, Europe. In this expanded role, Folmer is responsible for leasing the company's European development pipeline with the exception of France, in addition to his Customer Development responsibilities in Europe. Folmer joined AMB in 2003, and is a logistics, distribution and airport industry veteran.
"The depth and expertise of our team is essential to our European platform and its continued growth," commented Hamid R. Moghadam, AMB's chairman and CEO. "Alfred, Arthur and Henk have been key contributors to our success to date, and their ongoing leadership will play an important role as we continue to capitalize on the significant business opportunities we see in Europe."
AMB Property Corporation.(R) Local partner to global trade.(TM)
AMB Property Corporation(R) is a leading global developer and owner of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As of September 30, 2006, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 124.8 million square feet (11.6 million square meters) and 1,109 buildings in 42 markets within 11 countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company's portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution(R) facilities-industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
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