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Three senior directors joining market leading London retail and F&B team

31 05 22 Colliers recruits new retail hires hero

Colliers has recruited three senior directors in its market leading London retail and F&B team including Aron Samra and Erin McDonald from CBRE and Flora Young from JLL. They will arrive at Colliers’ UK head office over the summer.

Aron, Erin and Flora are highly renowned and experienced London advisors who provide leasing, strategic asset management, development and tenant mix advice for London’s leading property owners, including a number of eminent London estates.

Aron, who is currently a director at CBRE, has over 15 years’ experience in Central London real estate. He has advised the Crown Estate on Regent St, JP Morgan Real Estate on Spitalfields in addition to a range of private and institutional central London land owners.

Erin has over 10 years' experience in the London retail market, notably advising the Cadogan Estate on its retail holdings, as well as the Crown Estate, the Broadgate Estate on behalf of British Land, and a number of key landlords in the West End.

Flora has been working in London retail and restaurants for over eight years, leasing and advising on a range of City and West End retail and leisure assets and development projects. Previous noteworthy instructions include acting for Royal London Asset Management on Bond Street Holdings in Mayfair and providing asset management expertise for Helical Plc on its Old Street assets.

Paul Souber, Co-Head of retail at Colliers commented: “Aron, Erin and Flora are exceptional individuals who are passionate, driven and reflect our own DNA of providing first class client service, agency know-how and strategic advice to our client base across the capital. I am excited to have them on board to support and further strengthen our successful business.”

These appointments follow the recent hire of Alistair Bews, who joined as a director in Colliers’ London team earlier in the month (May 2022).

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Paul Souber

Co- Head UK & EMEA Retail

Retail Agency - Central London

London - West End

Paul Souber is a highly experienced London retail property expert, and has a particular specialism in the luxury sector.

He advises major London landlords – including The Crown Estate, Grosvenor, The Church Commissioners and Shaftesbury Plc – on how their retail holdings in the capital can be enhanced through leasing and placemaking.

His consultancy also involves advising various leading brands on their property strategy and sourcing the stores which best serve their strategic needs.

During a career in which he has advised on the leasing of more than 1.5m sq. ft. of shopping space, Paul has worked with clients including Yves St Laurent, Roksanda Ilincic, Gina Shoes, Balenciaga, Oliver Bonas, Boux Avenue, Sweaty Betty and Headmasters.

He is Head of London Retail Agency and Co Head of the EMEA Retail Team at Colliers International

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Hannah Zitren

Associate Director

Marketing & Communications


I am responsible for media relations and generating coverage in top tier broadcast and print media. I work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines advising on their strategic and tactical PR needs.

My role includes:

·         Developing and executing PR plans for the various business lines to help promote their key messages across all aspects of the media - print, broadcast and social.

·          Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.

·         Reputation management and crisis management.

·         Media training.

·         Media engagement: setting up meetings with top tier media and various internal spokespeople to continuously expand and build a presence with property and vertical media network.

·         Consistently delivering service excellence, meeting with business heads of a regular basis and trying to influence the research as much as possible to ensure our content has a strong enough news hook.

·         Key campaigns that I work on include MIPIM; MAPIC; REVO; Midsummer Retail Report; IHIF; Cities of Influence in addition to a host of all alternative property sector research reports.

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