Atrium European Real Estate Limited, a leading owner, operator and developer of shopping centres and retail real estate in Central Europe, announces that it has appointed Anna Dafna as Deputy CEO in addition to her position as CFO of its Polish business, Atrium Poland Real Estate Management (“Atrium Poland”).
Anna Dafna joined Atrium in 2009 and for the last four years has been Chief Financial Officer of Atrium Poland. Prior to joining Atrium, Ms Dafna worked as manager for KPMG in Israel, where she headed a unit specialising in support for Tel Aviv Stock Exchange listed companies, including those operating in the real estate sector.
Following her promotion to Deputy CEO and CFO, Ms Dafna will report directly to Liad Barzilai, CEO of Atrium Poland and the Atrium Group, and have responsibility for all aspects of the Group’s Polish business and its positioning in the market as the leading owner and operator of dominant, urban shopping centres that serve their local communities.
Commenting on the promotion, Liad Barzilai, Atrium’s CEO, said: “Poland plays a central role in Atrium’s future growth and Anna is best fit to lead our operations there. For around 10 years Anna has been instrumental for Atrium and exceeded expectations at every level and, with a strong background in both finance as well as real estate, and a thorough understanding of the Polish market she is now more than ready to take on this leadership role.
“I look forward to working with Anna to continue implementing our strategy of improving our portfolio in Poland both by acquiring new assets and by redeveloping our existing portfolio. We will be overseeing the over € 300 million of investment currently in the process of delivering to extend and improve of our three shopping centres in Warsaw: Atrium Promenada, Atrium Targówek and Atrium Reduta, where over 26,000 sqm of new retail and leisure space will be added by the end of this year. This investment will allow us to introduce innovative retail and entertainment concepts and new visitor experiences for our visitors and take further advantage of the strong economics and favorable consumer dynamics available in the Polish market.”