This article originally appeared in Australian Property Journal.
REAL Asset Management has appointed global real estate veteran Matthew Strotton as head of funds management, as it seeks to accelerate rapid growth in the real estate division.
Strotton has more than 25 years’ real estate experience in global markets across capital transactions, product development, investment and funds management.
He joins RAM after more than 19 years at QIC Global Real Estate where he was global director and head of funds management, with responsibility for the group’s Australian and United States portfolios.
He was instrumental in increasing QIC’s real estate AUM by over $10 billion. He established QIC’s real estate brand and capabilities in the United States and assembled large tranches of the group’s global portfolio by constructing long term solutions for investment partners. Prior to joining QIC, he worked for Lendlease in a range of development roles in Australia.
Strotton joins RAM during a transformational period that’s seen significant growth across all areas of the business. During 2021, RAM’s global headcount increased by almost 60% to more than 100 employees in five offices across the Asia-Pacific Region. As at 31 December 2021, RAM’s total AUM had increased more than 65% year on year to more than $2.74 billion, with Real Estate AUM surpassing $1 billion.
RAM CEO Australia Scott Kelly said the appointment represented a further strengthening of a talented real estate team and will provide many opportunities to apply his expertise and experience.
Other RAM hires at the start of this year include Lang Messer in Brisbane as head of investor relations. Prior to joining RAM, he was director at Equitory, a boutique consultancy providing outsourced IR capability to high growth companies listed on London’s AIM and Main markets.
Natasha Van Kempen has joined RAM in Brisbane as a development analyst. Prior to joining RAM, Natasha worked within multiple sectors of the property industry having previously worked for Stockland, Colliers International and Cushman & Wakefield.
Kala Muthusamy has joined RAM in Sydney as a financial controller. She was a finance manager at the OpenMarkets Australia and a financial controller at Acrux prior to joining RAM.
Josephine Chan has joined RAM in Melbourne as a business development manager. She previously worked for La Trobe, and more recently as a senior business development and client relationship manager for BC Invest.