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Hammerson eyes Ivanhoé Cambridge boss as new CEO

Shopping centre owner Hammerson is reportedly considering appointing the boss of Ivanhoé Cambridge – part of Canadian pensions giant Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec – to become its new CEO.

According to The Sunday Times, Rita-Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at the Montreal-based firm, has been sounded out to be in the running to succeed David Atkins as Hammerson boss.

Gagné has been cited as a potential frontrunner after the leading internal candidate Simon Betty resigned earlier this month to take up a new position at an unnamed European company.

It comes after Hammerson revealed Atkins had decided to step down from his role earlier this year. Atkins will remain in position until spring 2021 at the latest.

He joined the company in 1998 and was appointed as CEO in 2009. His career at Hammerson began with responsibility for strategy and investment performance, working on a number of overseas transactions, particularly in France.

In 2002 he took responsibility for the UK retail parks portfolio and, in 2006, for the wider UK retail portfolio.

Last month, the company confirmed it had raised £550m from an emergency rights issue and £275m from disposals of its discount European outlets.

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