Federated Hermes makes new Real Estate appointment

The new senior appointment will aid in Federated Hermes' expansion of its Real Estate team as it continues to deliver sector-wide investment solutions.

Mark Russell joins Federated Hermes as its new Head of Fund Management (Real Estate) | BTR News
Mark Russell joins Federated Hermes as its new Head of Fund Management (Real Estate).

Investment management firm Federated Hermes has announced the appointment of Mark Russell to the newly created role of Head of Fund Management (Real Estate).

Effective 19 February 2024, Mark will be based in London and will be reporting to Head of Real Estate Chris Taylor. Mark will be responsible for driving the strategy and performance delivery of the real estate business and its investments within the Federated Hermes Private Markets platform.

“I am excited to be joining the industry-leading Real Estate team at Federated Hermes as it seeks to build upon an enviable track record gained over four decades and through multiple market cycles. The business was a pioneer in what has come to be known as responsible investment, and an ongoing commitment to responsibility runs deep. This chimes loudly with my own priorities and will be critical in supporting the delivery of long-term sustainable outcomes for investors whilst simultaneously facilitating direct and positive influence on societal and environmental challenges.”

Mark Russell, Head of Fund Management (Real Estate), Federated Hermes

With over 25 years of experience across private practice advisory, property company and institutional real estate fund management, Mark joins Federated Hermes from Orchard Street Investment Management, where he was a Partner managing large core/core plus funds and playing a leading role in the development and launch of an innovative value-add strategy for impact investing in real estate.

Prior to that, Mark was a Senior Fund Manager at Legal & General Investment Managemen. He oversaw performance delivery and a fivefold growth in AUM for one of their flagship institutional products. At Legal & General, Russell led the Managed Property Fund through a sustained period of fund expansion and oversaw more than £2.5bn of transactions in the UK market.

“I am delighted Mark will be joining the team at Federated Hermes; his extensive experience complements the capabilities of our existing established team, and will enhance the ongoing delivery of our client focussed strategy. Mark is closely aligned with our team’s commitment to delivering future-focused real estate solutions to meet the need of clients, in current and future market conditions. We look forward to working with Mark as we continue to deliver resilient, relevant and high-quality real estate investments for our institutional clients.”

Chris Taylor, Head of Real Estate, Federated Hermes

Before joining Legal & General, Mark was a Portfolio Manager at Prestbury Investment Holdings and he started his career in the real estate industry at Jones Lang Wootton.

Federated Hermes Real Estate is an institutional investment manager with $8.3bn (as at 30 September 2023) of commercial real estate assets under management, offering client-focused property investment solutions.