Hammerson chief executive to step down
Shopping centre owner Hammerson has announced that its chief executive David Atkins has decided to step down.
He will remain in post until spring 2021 at the latest while the company conducts a search for his successor.
Atkins said: “It has been a privilege to have led Hammerson for over ten years and I am proud of the many achievements and the incredible colleagues I have worked with. The current environment, exacerbated by the impact of Covid 19, is undoubtedly the most challenging we have faced as a business. I feel now is the right time to search for a new chief executive, a person who can not only lead the business as we emerge from this period, but also into its next chapter.”
Atkins joined Hammerson in 1998 and became chief executive in 2009. He is currently also a non-executive director at Whitbread.
David Tyler, Hammerson chairman, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank David for his enormous commitment in leading Hammerson during the past decade. He has led the company with ambition, passion and integrity, creating a culture that will live far beyond his time. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him until a successor is appointed.”
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