Savills IM makes new senior appointment

Real estate investment manager Savills IM has made a new senior appointment within its strategy and client capital team.

Apwinder Foster, Global Head of Strategy and Client Capital, Savills IM | BTR News
Apwinder Foster, Global Head of Strategy and Client Capital, Savills IM.

Real estate investment manager Savills IM has appointed Apwinder Foster as Global Head of Strategy and Client Capital. Apwinder will take up the newly created role with immediate effect and will report to Chief Executive Alex Jeffrey.

In her new role, Apwinder will play a key role in driving a globally coordinated approach to the company’s client-facing facilities and product strategy. She will be responsible for driving the company’s strategic priorities and continuing to seek opportunities in both pooled fund investments and segregated mandates.

The remit for the new role covers all regions with a focus on Core, Core Plus and Value Add investments across significant sectors such as Living, Industrial and Logistics and Debt, as well as progressing Savills IM’s newly developed Impact Strategy. 

Apwinder will also work closely with Emily Hamilton, Head of ESG at Savills IM, to help strengthen the company’s ESG approach and ensure that fundamental areas such as DE&I and impact themes are in line with Savills’ strategy and cultural identity.

“I look forward to taking on this new role at a time when the real estate sector is expected to evolve and change. As a globally recognised real estate investment manager, we are extremely well positioned to partner with clients as they seek to access attractive investment opportunities in the next stage of the property cycle.”

Apwinder Foster, Global Head of Strategy and Client Capital, Savills Investment Management

Apwinder has experience in a broad range of senior roles, having previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, and most recently Head of Product Strategy, at Savills IM’s real estate debt branch – DRC Savills Investment Management.

After joining DRC Savills Investment Management in 2015, Apwinder’s role involved institutionalising the platform ahead of its sale to Savills IM in 2018, as well as focusing on client capital relationships and product creation.

Previously, she was also Chief Financial Officer at Kennedy Wilson Europe, where she was integral to the growth of the firm from a start-up in 2011 to a FTSE 250 listed entity in 2014. Apwinder has also held senior roles in Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate Special Situations Group and Merrill Lynch Real Estate Finance team. 

“We are delighted to announce Apwinder’s promotion to her new role, and I’m very excited to be working more closely with her to build on the momentum we have in the market and continue to effectively serve our global client base.”

Alex Jeffrey, Global Chief Executive Officer, Savills Investment Management

Apwinder will also continue to oversee DRC Savills Investment Management’s global fundraising initiatives during a period where debt has become an increasingly attractive asset class to Savills IM’s global client base.