VIA Outlets, the industry-leading owner and developer of outlet shopping destinations that serve the growing consumer demand for premium shopping experiences, is pleased to announce the appointment of two newly-created senior management positions to join its growing team of experienced real estate professionals. Otto Ambagtsheer joins as Chief Operating Officer and Peter Stals as Chief Financial Officer.
Otto Ambagtsheer most recently served as Managing Director at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield for Benelux, a role he held since May 2015. Previous experience includes working as Managing Director Consumer Products & Services within Schiphol Group. Prior to this role, he worked as Director of Real Estate Development at Schiphol Real Estate. Otto is a graduate of London Business School and holds a Law Degree from Radboud University of Nijmegen.
Peter Stals joins VIA Outlets after nearly five years at BlackRock, where he was working as Vice President and then as Director, serving as Head of Transaction Support and Valuations Secretary for EMEA Real Estate. Prior to this position, he held roles in private equity real estate management firm MGPA (acquired by BlackRock) and Audit and Advisory at Deloitte. Peter is a Chartered Accountant with a first-class honours degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham.
VIA Outlets is a joint venture between Hammerson, APG, Value Retail and Meyer Bergman. It currently owns a portfolio of 11 premium fashion outlets across Europe, offering over 259,000 sq. metres GLA and over 850 brands in nine European countries. Every year, over 30 million guests visit the different locations across the portfolio. VIA Outlets saw over €1 billion in brand sales during 2017.