Sponda hires JLL's Finnish head as new CEO

Finnish commercial property group Sponda has announced the hire of Christian Hohenthal as new CEO, effective from February 1.

Hohenthal joins from JLL, where he is currently CEO of JLL Finland. He will be replaced by Tero Lehtonen, who was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Finnish business in 2019.

He started at JLL's Stockholm office in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed director of the Finnish Capital Markets unit.

Christian Hohenthal said: 'I am thrilled to join Sponda and its excellent team of dedicated professionals, and to continue our focus on investing meaningfully into the Sponda portfolio and business in the years to come. Together we look forward to realizing our vision for future growth.'

'With the appointment of Christian, we will continue to execute our business plan, focusing on servicing our customers and on the value creation offered by Sponda’s irreplaceable real estate portfolio. We are very pleased that Christian has agreed to lead the business forward, continuing on from his various leadership roles at JLL,' commented James Seppala, head of European Real Estate at Blackstone, the majority owner of Sponda.

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