Long standing Hammerson FD to retire

THE LONG STANDING chief financial officer of Anglo-French property company Hammerson is to leave the company this summer, to be replaced by another real estate FD.

Simon Melliss, 59, (pictured above) has been with Hammerson since 1991 and was appointed CFO in 1995. He will leave the company at the end of June.

His successor is Timon Drakesmith, the current FD of Great Portland Estates. Drakesmith will join Hammerson as CFO at the end of May.

Hammerson chairman John Nelson said of Melliss: “Simon is one of the longest serving finance directors in the FTSE; a reflection of his dedication and ability. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Chief executive David Atkins said Drakesmith was chosen because of his “proven capability and sector expertise, as well as significant wider industry and corporate finance experience”.


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