International architects Broadway Malyan have appointed the former managing director of a major asset manager as part of a strategy to grow its Central European operation.
Ewa Szafranska, who was the lead for Balmain Asset Management in the region, has joined Broadway Malyan’s Warsaw studio as Business Development Director.
Ewa, who is architecturally trained, has more than 20 years’ property experience and is well known within the sector having previously held a number of high profile posts.
The newly created role will see Ewa primarily responsible for client relationship activities, from maintaining existing relationships to identifying new clients and potential new markets, a key aspect of Broadway Malyan’s future strategy in the CCE region according to the practice’s EMEA chair Margarida Caldeira, saying, “We are absolutely delighted to have somebody of Ewa’s caliber join the practice studio in Warsaw, where we are present for last 17 years”
“During that time Broadway Malyan has established a strong reputation in the region and having recently been appointed on a number of exciting new commissions, we are now looking with the support of Ewa to build on that momentum.
“Ewa brings an enviable contacts book and a fantastic insight into the property sector generally and her experience working for and with major international companies is a great fit for Broadway Malyan in terms of our existing client base as well as our aspirations in Poland and the wider region.”
Ms. Szafranska has experience across a range of sectors having started her career at Carrefour as a development manager on their international retail schemes before becoming a project manager at TK Development where she managed the development process of predominantly retail and office projects. She was also development director at Apsys Polska and then executive director at Azora International Management before being appointed managing director CEE at Balmain, a role she held for three years before joining Broadway Malyan.
She said, “Broadway Malyan is a practice that I have known for many years having worked together on project when they were quite new to Warsaw and so it is a business where I understand their past and more importantly, their potential.
“The market in Poland and the wider region remains incredibly buoyant with strong long term prospects and Broadway Malyan has a huge opportunity to build on the sectors where it is already very strong as well as explore opportunities in new markets.
“We have a great design team in Warsaw, supported by a fantastic network of international studios and talent, and I am looking forward to working with them to help build the practice’s profile, expand its portfolio and achieve our shared goals for the region.”