Placefirst promotes Anna Hwang to Chief Investment Officer

Before becoming Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Anna held the position of Director of Assets and Strategy at Placefirst, supporting the company’s operational strategy.

Anna Hwang has been promoted to the role of Chief Investment Officer at Placefirst | BTR News
Anna Hwang has been promoted to the role of Chief Investment Officer at Placefirst.

Single-family rental developer and operator Placefirst has promoted Anna Hwang to the newly created role of CIO. The news follows Anna’s appointment as Assets and Strategy Director in May 2023.

With over 20 years’ experience in the property sector, Anna has played an instrumental role in developing and executing Placefirst’s real estate strategy. Before joining the developer, Anna held the role of Director of Operational Capital Markets at Savills.

Based in Placefirst’s London office, Anna’s new role was created to support both Placefirst and its investor, Matter Real Estate, with increasing the residential portfolio size, developing and executing the developer’s investment strategy, and overseeing the management of the investment portfolio.

Anna will also be responsible for managing property transactions which help to transform and grow the company’s portfolio. Placefirst’s current project pipeline includes the £21m Bolt Works development in Halifax, which will deliver 122 homes by 2025, and the £35m Deansgate Garden neighbourhood, which broke ground in March 2023 and once complete will provide 167 homes in Bolton.

“Anna has been a brilliant addition to the senior leadership team at Placefirst, and we’re looking forward to seeing what she’ll achieve in her new role as Chief Investment Officer. As we look to continue implementing our growth strategy, the quality of our asset portfolio will play an increasingly important role. Anna’s expertise and experience in asset management will ensure that Placefirst is best placed for sustainable and long-term growth.”

David Mawson, CEO, Placefirst

Anna’s appointment also comes as the developer announces its expansion into the East Midlands, with an £8m forward-funded deal for the acquisition of 34 homes in Corby from Midlands-based housing developer Jelson Homes.