Fiona Hamilton (Foto: BNP Paribas Real Estate)
Fiona Hamilton (Foto: BNP Paribas Real Estate)
BNP Paribas Real Estate has appointed Fiona Hamilton, who has 25 years’ experience in the retail sector, as Global Head of Retail for International Brands to assist and drive its international strategy.

The former Scottish Business Woman of the Year joins BNP Paribas Real Estate on 16th of November 2015. She will be reporting to Etienne Prongué, Head of International Investment Group (IIG) at BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Fiona and her team at BNP Paribas Real Estate will provide strategic advice to international retailers, using their unique expertise and experience to help leading global brands with their pan-European retail operations, providing a joined-up platform and point of contact for retail expansion.

At BNP Paribas Real Estate, Fiona will continue to work on master planning advice and retail strategy for major transport hubs.

The appointment marks a return to the UK retail scene for Fiona, who has spent recent years running JLL's Transport Airport and Global Infrastructure (TAGI) Group.

Fiona has an extensive retail resume, which has seen her work with some of the largest international retailers and iconic shopping centres. She founded and ran her own retail consultancy, Hamilton Glen, for almost 20 years (making her the first woman in the UK to set up her own niche practice), until it was bought by King Sturge in 2008. Fiona joined as an equity partner and ran one of King Sturge’s northern offices until 2011, when King Sturge merged with JLL.

During her career Fiona has also provided strategic and master-planning advice to numerous local authorities on retail-led regeneration schemes and she helped secure one of the UK’s first ever Tax Increment Finance backed schemes.

Fiona Hamilton said: “I am delighted to be joining BNP Paribas Real Estate, and excited about the opportunity to return to my ‘first love’, working directly with some of the world’s leading retail brands. This is a hugely dynamic time for retail, and is full of opportunity for those brands that can respond to changing demographics, technology and social media, in an increasingly global marketplace.”

Etienne Prongué, said: “Fiona is extremely well known and respected within the retail industry and this appointment demonstrates BNP Paribas Real Estates continued ambitions and commitment to Retail across Europe. The arrival of Fiona will strengthen our retail offering for landlords and brands and will ensure connectivity between our international offices where Fiona’s unique retail insight will undoubtedly come into play.


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