Appointments

Cushman & Wakefield

David Jenkins, head of hospitality for Russia and the CIS, has been promoted to partner. Jenkins has 20 years' experience in the hotel business, 17 of which have been in Russia. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in May 2010 to found and head the regional hospitality department. 
Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Jenkins worked as regional head of hospitality at DTZ, head of the Russian office of Horwath HTL and performed various roles in hotel management and operations for Marriott, Starwood and Rezidor. Since 2006, Jenkins has served as a consultant for more than 100 projects related to hotel real estate.

Stanislav Bibik, senior director of capital markets and valuations, has been appointed partner. Bibik has worked at Cushman & Wakefield since 2004 and has considerable experience advising clients on the commercial real estate market from acquisition and sales to valuations, investment analysis and fundraising. 
Bibik gained significant knowledge and international experience while working at the firm's London office in the department of investment and corporate finance. He is a certified member of the CCIM Institute, the British Royal Institute of Certified Specialists, the Russian Society of Appraisers and the Certification Commission of RICS Russia.

CBRE

Alexander Polenok has been named executive managing director of CBRE's Russian business. Polenok brings to CBRE significant financial and professional services experience, joining from the Russia-based international banking and finance company VTB Group, where he was CEO of their factoring business. Prior to that, he spent more than three years at McKinsey & Company. Polenok has a range of previous experience in international investment projects and companies.

Dmitry Klapsha has joined CBRE as associate director of the office agency department. Klapsha will be responsible for the further development and growth of the projects portfolio, as well as increasing transaction volumes for the office agency business. Klapsha has eight years' experience in sales and advisory services. He was a senior consultant in the office agency at Cushman & Wakefield for four years. Klapsha has a master's degree in political science from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and a bachelor's in economics with a specialization in international economic relations.

FIABCI

Alexander Sharapov has been promoted to president of FIABCI-Russia. In December 2011 in Lisbon, Sharapov was named vice president of the International Real Estate Federation FIABCI worldwide for development and investments. He is also vice president of the Guild of Property Managers and Developers and president of NAI Becar.

Jones Lang LaSalle

Svetlana Yarova has been appointed head of Jones Lang LaSalle's High Street retail department. Yarova is responsible for strengthening the department and managing relationships with landlords, tenants and investors.
Prior to joining JLL, Yarova worked for Astera Group for eight years. Her professional successes include the attracting of retail portfolio holders as well as shopping center  owners to the company and negotiating retail lease deals with such companies as M.Video, O'STIN, ION Centre, Adidas and Renaissance Credit Bank. She has concluded lease and acquisition deals for more than 200 retail outlets in Russia.

Knight Frank

Dmitri Vorobiev has been made key account director for the retail real estate department at Knight Frank Russia and the CIS. His responsibilities include managing relations with major developers, local authorities and the largest retail tenants in Moscow and the regions. Vorobiev will also initiate and lead sales of existing retail properties as well as those still under construction. 
Vorobiev has been working on the commercial real estate market for more than 10 years. Prior to Knight Frank, Vorobiev was a managing partner at a major commercial real estate agency in the capital. He was responsible for business development, strategic solutions, attracting new business and working with key clients. He worked with a vast portfolio of regional projects in more than 15 of the largest Russian cities.

Alexander Obukhovsky has been appointed business development director for the retail real estate department at Knight Frank Russia and the CIS. Previously he served as commercial projects manager at IKEA Russia. Obukhovsky's experience in retail real estate spans 11 years. He spent nine years at Colliers International, having risen from consultant to director of the retail real estate department. He holds a diploma from the CCIM Institute (United States) and is fluent in English.

Julia Sokolova has been appointed director of shopping center leasing at Knight Frank Russia and the CIS. She is responsible for coordinating leasing efforts at shopping centers, working with owners of shopping centers and generally supporting marketing and PR activities of the projects at different stages of development.
Sokolova worked at the retail real estate department at Colliers International prior to her current post. In her capacity as an associate director, she was responsible for leasing out retail space for the projects that the firm dealt with. Her achievements include the realization of such properties as River Mall, M5 Mall, Golden Babylon Rostokino, Golden Babylon Rostov, Viva and Rechnoi Vokzal. Before that, she was a leading manager at IKEA Mos, where she worked with MEGA mall tenants in Russia.

Veles Development

Yevgeny Pavlov has been appointed director of the commercial leasing department at Veles Development. His responsibilities will include creating and introducing concepts for shopping malls. Pavlov holds a master's degree in international economics and has considerable experience working in the sphere of retail real estate for developers, as well as for major retail chains. Before coming to Veles Development, Pavlov served as a manager for the RIO shopping mall, part of the Tashir holding. Prior to that, he managed retail networks for the companies Mascotte and Zenden. Pavlov's appointment will enable Veles Development to strengthen its position in the commercial real estate segment.

Kalinka Realty

Olga Kuznetsova has been named CEO of Kalinka Realty. She was previously deputy general director of the construction firm Barkli. Kuznetsova has considerable experience in managing the commercial and marketing services of Russian and multinational companies such as Continental Management (a forestry holding that is part of Basic Element) and Polair, the largest producer of professional cooling equipment in Europe. She also served as a team director for Indesit, an Italy-based multinational with 15 factories in Russia, Europe and China.

R.G.I. International Limited

Andrey Nesterenko has been named CEO of RGI International Limited. Nesterenko, 36, has extensive real estate development experience and has held senior positions at a number of international property companies. He joins RGI from Sistema-Hals, the commercial and residential real estate development company, where he was president and chairman of the board of directors. He was also CEO of Capital Group Holdings, a leading Russian property development company, and vice president of finance for Dixy Group, one of Russia's leading food and grocery retailers.
From the outset he will focus on the company's extensive development program, which includes the $2 billion V Lesu residential community development. It is expected that Andrey will join the company's board in due course.