IMMO makes new senior appointment

Real estate investment and operating platform IMMO appoints ex-Round Hill Capital Executive as its new Chief Growth Officer.

Chris Chinaloy has joined IMMO as its new Chief Growth Officer | BTR News
Chris Chinaloy has joined IMMO as its new Chief Growth Officer.

Chris Chinaloy, who carries 22 years of experience in the sector, will work alongside IMMO Co-founders Avinav Nigam, Hans-Christian Zappel and Samantha Kempe to help build the company’s strategic relationships with institutional investors such as pension funds and insurers, as well as other potential funding partners like family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. IMMO analyses and aggregates single-family rental assets into large-scale portfolios

Before joining IMMO, Chris was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Capital Markets at Round Hill Capital.

“The market timing is ideal for acquiring European residential, which remains a solid option for institutional investors seeking an alternative to fixed-income investments. Rental demand is increasing, the supply of rental properties is falling in key markets, while the growing focus on decarbonising existing housing stock is putting pressure on governments and the private sector to find solutions to upgrade the quality of our homes. As Europe’s leading tech-enabled residential investment platform, IMMO has established an early-mover advantage that I will look to capitalise on in my new role as Chief Growth Officer.” 

Chris Chinaloy, Chief Growth Officer, IMMO

During his time at Round Hill Capital, Chris maintained global responsibility for the capital market function, as well as strategy, organisational design and operations of the company, whose portfolio of companies spans multiple segments of residential real estate and amounts to over $13bn worth of assets under management.  

In his new role at IMMO, Chris will take responsibility of the team working with investment products and sourcing institutional capital for IMMO’s key deployment markets of the UK, Spain and Germany.   

Chris’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for IMMO, which has bolstered its C-suite over the past year through the hiring of Solarisbank AG’s Hima Mandali as Chief Technology Officer and most recently, WeWork’s Arik Benzino as Chief Commercial Officer.

“Chris is a highly experienced strategist with a proven, impressive track record building teams that have raised significant institutional capital for the residential real estate market. His breadth of experience across established businesses, private equity, real estate, and tech start-ups makes him a unique fit for IMMO’s mission to disrupt the European residential real estate market with technology – removing the traditional barriers of poor, opaque data that barred institutions from accessing the majority of residential stock in Europe. With the market as volatile as it is, it is a crucial time for us to spread our message and hone-in on executing our game plan. Having the right people on board plays a huge part in that.” 

Hans-Christian ‘Gigi’ Zappel, Founder and CEO, IMMO

The company also recently opened a dedicated technology hub in Chennai, India, doubling down on its investment into proprietary technology that drives its end-to-end platform.

IMMO has over 170 staff globally, and institutional capital commitments of $2.5bn.