Mumbai-based real estate developer Phoenix Mills Ltd (PML) has appointed Tony Ward as the COO, leasing and land acquisition.
Tony will head leasing operations for the group’s new retail-led developments across India. He will be responsible for selection of brands, companies and retailers, and will determine the relevant anchor tenant’s mix. He will also identify and negotiate with department stores, multiplexes, and hypermarkets to add on to Phoenix’s existing retail brands.
Announcing this, Atul Ruia, MD, Phoenix Mills Ltd, said: “Tony’s appointment is in tandem with the exciting new businesses and countrywide expansion that the company is exploring in the days to come. In Tony, we have an able person equipped to exploit this potential and explore new ideas.”
Ward’s last assignment in India was with West Pioneer Properties (India) Pvt. Ltd, where he handled land acquisition, design and leasing aspects for the company. Earlier, he worked with reputed firms including International Real Estate, Wal-Mart and Simon Properties US, where he headed real estate development.
“The last 30 years in this field have made me a firm believer in team spirit, relationship building and retention, and I work with a hands-on approach. It is with this spirit and enthusiasm that I step into PML, at a time when the real estate sector in India is donning a new cap,” said Ward.