German food retail investor Greenman has appointed Catherine Choo as chief information officer.
In this newly created role, Choo will be responsible for implementing and coordinating the firm’s digital and data transformation strategy across the investment management platform and funds.
A shareholder in the company, Choo was previously head of marketing at Greenman for nearly 10 years, working on the development of the firm’s flagship Greenman Open fund, which invests predominantly in food retail-anchored property in Germany.
Johnnie Wilkinson, CEO of Greenman, said: 'This is an important strategic appointment for Greenman. We’ve created the CIO role in response to the huge changes that are currently taking place in both the real estate investment sector and across the food retail sector.
'As technology evolves and omnichannel retail becomes more prevalent, we are constantly identifying new ways to evolve our strategy and enhance the role of bricks and mortar assets in the future of food retailing.
'We are already working on several live projects with some of our large supermarket tenants that have the potential to generate income from the provision of additional services such as data management, fulfilment and click and collect.'
Choo commented: 'This is a really exciting moment to take on such a significant role within the business. I look forward to implementing a strategy for the company at a time when technology, data and digital disruption are at the heart of redefining the real estate industry.'