Property intelligence company bolsters senior team with property investment specialist
GeoPhy, the leading commercial property intelligence company, today announced that Huib Vaessen has joined its management team as Chief Product Officer (CPO) as of 1 October 2015.
Huib was Senior Portfolio Manager for real estate securities at Kempen Capital Management until starting at GeoPhy, previously having worked as an analyst at the same company. Huib has played a key role in setting up its global data-driven listed real estate fund. Huib is a CFA charterholder and has gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture, Building and Planning at Eindhoven University and in Investment Analysis at Tilburg University. In addition, he studied data mining at Stanford University and is currently working towards a PHD in finance.
Huib started at GeoPhy as CPO on 1 October 2015, and will focus on product strategy and the enhancement of GeoPhy’s existing range of products to meet the needs of the investment industry. Huib will also work on a number of key accounts in the Netherlands and in the UK, following the recent extension of GeoPhy’s commercial property database to cover the whole of the UK.
Huib reports to GeoPhy CEO and Co-Founder, Teun van den Dries, who said: “We are tremendously fortunate to have found such a strong executive, who brings not only commercial and financial expertise, but also the perspective of our target investment market. I look forward to learning from Huib as we continue to develop and improve our platform.”
Huib Vaessen commented: "I am delighted to join GeoPhy and to be able to help more and more clients doing exactly what I enjoy: improving real estate decisions with the help of the huge amounts of data made accessible through GeoPhy’s technology.”
“I have already used GeoPhy’s platform in a previous role and was struck by the unique insights it gives into real estate holdings. This is an exciting time to join the company as it expands into the UK.”
UBS Future of Finance Regional Finalist and Deloitte Most Disruptive Innovator award
In addition to this new appointment GeoPhy has just been selected for the regional finals of the UBS Future of Finance competition, to be held in London on Friday 6 November. On this day, the 15 West-European finalists will showcase how their solutions are changing the way finance works. Simultaneously, there will be regional finals taking place in New York, Zurich and Singapore. These will result in the announcement of 12 global finalists.
The UBS Regional Finalists announcement rapidly followed GeoPhy’s most recent win: the company was awarded the Most Disruptive Innovator title at Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 event held in Amsterdam on Friday 9 October. As part of the Rising Star category, GeoPhy impressed the jury with its vision about a transparent real estate market, high growth numbers and track record.
Partner at Deloitte and programme leader at Technology Fast50 Martin Wabeke commented: “We see many highly promising companies in the Deloitte Technology Rising Star category. GeoPhy's proposition, its vision about the connection between real estate and big data and the confidence with which they present themselves, show that they earn the right to the title Most Disruptive Innovator. They have the potential to get the market moving."