Nordic full-service property firm Deas Group - comprising Deas and Deas Asset Management - has appointed Rikke Lykke as new group CEO.
Lykke joins on 1 August, with a mandate to accelerate the group's strategic development on an international level.
Deas has transformed from a Danish property management company to a Nordic full-service real estate investment partner in recent times, and completed the acquisition of Aberdeen Standard Investments’ direct Nordic real estate activities earlier this year.
Lykke brings experience from Patrizia, where until recently she was responsible for its European asset management activities and country business development across Europe. Lykke has worked in the real estate industry since 2004 at a Danish, Nordic and European level.
Sonny Nielsen, chairman of the board of directors, said: 'Rikke Lykke brings an international profile that will strengthen our senior leadership capabilities with a strong track record and expertise within professional management and investment in real estate and has excellent knowledge of Nordic and international property markets.
'On behalf of the board of directors, I welcome Rikke to the Deas Group and look forward to working with her to develop Deas Group into the Nordic region’s leading "full service property house" and partner of choice to local and international property investors.'
Said Lykke: 'Deas Group is an exciting company with skilled employees and great partners. My focus will be, among other things, to deliver for our internal and external stakeholders, to internationalise the company while adapting to local market conditions, and to digitalise the company and invest in innovative PropTech solutions.
'Customer service will always be the focal point, and digital solutions will be an integral part of Deas Group’s proposition to customers in the future.'
Exiting CEO Henrik Dahl Jeppesen has worked for Deas Group for more than 30 years, including as CEO for the past 14 years.
Nielsen added: 'The board of directors and I would like to thank Henrik for his many years of commitment to Deas and significant efforts for the benefit of its customers and employees.
'We are also pleased that Henrik will continue as senior adviser for strategic projects, where the DEAS organisation can benefit from Henrik’s extensive experience and strong customer relations.'