Liberty International PLC ("Liberty International") is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Hawksworth as Managing Director of Capital & Counties, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty International, with effect from 1 September 2006. He will also be joining the Board of Liberty International as an Executive Director, succeeding John Saggers who reaches his normal retirement date in the Autumn and will be stepping down as Managing Director of Capital & Counties in September and as an Executive Director of Liberty International at the end of October.
John has made a significant and valuable contribution to the affairs of Capital & Counties and to the Board of Liberty International, with responsibilities which have over his 33 year career with the group included UK commercial property, shopping centres and the group’s international interests in the US and, formerly, Australia.
He is very pleased to welcome as his successor Ian Hawksworth (40), a chartered surveyor by training, who has been employed by Hongkong Land since 1993 and has been an Executive Director from 1996 until 2006 when he decided to relocate with his family to the UK. Ian’s most recent role at Hongkong Land was as the Director responsible for Commercial Property. He has also been closely involved with Hongkong Land’s regional expansion over the last five years into other Asian locations. Hongkong Land is one of Asia’s leading property and infrastructure investment, management and development groups, owning and managing some 600,000m2 of prime office and retail space in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central business district. 2
Sir Robert Finch, Chairman, commented: "We are delighted to announce Ian Hawksworth’s appointment as Managing Director of Capital & Counties; he will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the role. Capital & Counties has an excellent asset base and track record with an increasingly important retail business in Central London, elsewhere in the UK and in California. These activities complement our strong regional shopping centre business and we intend to continue to develop Capital & Counties’ operations to the benefit of the overall activities of the group. We look forward immensely to Ian’s arrival and to his contribution to the work of our Board."