Industry Figurehead Joins Verdion Board


Roger Mann

Verdion, the specialist logistics property investor and developer, has further strengthened its pan-European team with the appointment of logistics real estate veteran Roger Mann as Non-Executive Director.

This is a key strategic move for Verdion, which continues to focus on the needs of its end users as key to its success. Michael Hughes, CEO, comments: “Roger is an industry figurehead, known and widely respected in the logistics property market. He was at the helm of the Exel and then DHL property team for Supply Chain for some 20 years across the UK and Europe.

“Roger brings extensive knowledge of the supply chain to the Verdion Board and, as a longstanding representative for the 3pl industry, will assist our focus on meeting the needs of its end users, the major 3pls, e-tailers, retailers and manufacturers.”

Roger Mann, says: “For many years I have endeavoured to educate the property industry on the importance of the end user. Verdion has certainly grasped this concept and, by doing so, has succeeded in developing many successful, purpose built, technical facilities for its occupiers thereby creating sound investments for its shareholders.

“However, there is always room for improvement. I will be working with the team to strengthen relationships with existing and potential clients and to continue to improve customer service at every level.”

Roger was formally Senior Vice President of DHL, leading the Supply Chain Real Estate team. Prior to that he was Head of Property for Excel Logistics. He remains a Director of Kings Cross Central General Partner Ltd, the body responsible for the large-scale Kings cross regeneration scheme which will provide 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets and 10 new public squares across 67 acres of London.


Notes to editors

Verdion is a major real estate investor and developer with a specialist focus on logistics warehousing in mainland Europe. Its current development pipeline exceeds 10 million sq ft (929,000 sq m) of Grade A warehouse space across the Continent. The company has offices in Dusseldorf and London. Formerly known as Helios Europe, Verdion was formed in January 2010 by Michael Hughes.

Verdion has the exclusive mandate from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) for all direct investments in European logistics property. HOOPP is one of the largest and most successful defined pension plans in Canada with 274,858 active members and pensioners and $47.4bn in assets available for pensions.

The partnership is currently working together to develop Verdion’s Logistics schemes in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia, including the Siemens facility in Chemnitz, Germany, the 3PL facility Denmark and the 6 million sq ft (557,400 sq m) rail logistics project iPort in Doncaster, UK.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Hughes, Verdion Tel: +44 (0)20 7193 9557
Kate Titchmarsh, Flashbulb Tel: +44 (0)20 3440 4116