Our Team

 

Chris Forbes, Head of Real Estate

Chris joined CIPAM in September 2018 as Head of Real Estate and is responsible for CIPAM’s global real estate funds management and investment strategy. Chris brings 25 years of real estate and investment management experience from his prior roles with Dexus, Charter Hall and more recently as Australian Head of Funds Management for LaSalle Investment Management.

Paul Skinner 

Paul Skinner, Executive Director, Real Estate

Paul Skinner joined the Real Estate team in April 1997 and is responsible for managing the real estate portfolio of Challenger Life and originating and executing transactions for Funds Management. Paul has held a number of roles within CIPAM including asset origination for fixed interest investments, involvement in over A$7 billion of real estate acquisitions.

 

Hiroshi Matsuzawa, Representative Director, Challenger KK (Tokyo, Japan)

Hiroshi Matsuzawa, CFA,CAIA, MSCI, joined Challenger KK (“CKK”) in May 2017 and have built up the group’s real estate management arm in Japan from the ground up. On top of corporate management responsibilities as the representative director of CKK, a fully-licensed real estate investment management company based in Tokyo, he is also actively involved in domestic and international investor relations services, sourcing of investment opportunities within Japan as well as identifying Japanese capital for outbound investments while overseeing asset management activities. Hiroshi has previously worked for Goldman Sachs Realty Japan (property-backed distressed loan asset management), Deutsche Bank (non-recourse lending, CMBS origination and investment banking), Mori Building Real Estate Investment Advisory (real estate investment management) and Kenedix (real estate investment management).

 

Michael Argue, Head of Office & Industrial, Real Estate

Michael Argue joined the Real Estate team in December 2003 and has held a number of roles within the team through this period including Senior Asset Manager, Portfolio Manager (CDI) & National Leasing Manager before being appointed Head of Office & Industrial. In this role he has responsibility for leading a team of asset managers, leasing manager & analyst in managing all commercial & industrial property on behalf of CIPAM’s clients. A key responsibility of his role is developing strategies create and add value to the assets maximising income and tenant retention. In addition to this Mr Argue is a member of the Real Estate Leadership team reporting directly the Head of Real Estate. Qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1996 Mr Argue also holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Estates Surveying from the Nottingham Trent University (UK).

 

Adam McKean, Head of Retail

Adam McKean was appointed as the Head of Retail in August 2020, responsible for Challenger’s Retail Property, Development, Leasing and Asset Management activities. Mr McKean joined Challenger in March 2017 with responsibility for the delivery of Retail Leasing services including Development Leasing and oversight of external Retail Leasing Agents.

Prior to joining Challenger Mr McKean spent five years with Stockland where he was responsible for Retail Management, Development and Leasing, Mr McKean spent 2 years at Shopping Centres Australasia, where he was the State Retail Leasing Manager responsible for all assets in NSW and QLD (50) . Mr McKean brings 15 years of Real Estate and Management experience across a range of asset classes, geographies and investment strategies.

 

Harald Potuzak – Head of Property Management and Analytics

Mr Potuzak joined Challenger in February 2014. Over this time, Mr Potuzak has been responsible for analysing and maximising the profit, capital growth and target returns of the real estate portfolio. Harald has also been responsible for re-engineering numerous asset management and property management processes to support a culture of continuous improvement.

Prior to joining Challenger, Mr Potuzak was employed for 10 years at Vinta Group, a Sydney based vertically integrated retail and commercial property development and management company property where he was actively re-engineering the property business, preparing strategic long term forecasts and business plans for the Group and its divisions. Prior to that, Mr Potuzak was with Colonial First State Global Asset Management and Westfield, working in Asset Management and Finance Operations respectively. Harald has been in the industry for over 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Business in Land Economics and an Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting) and is a fellow member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Tim Evans 

Tim Evans, Director, Real Estate

Tim Evans joined the Real Estate team in 2004 and has full accountability for Real Estate’s separate account relationships. In this role Tim is responsible for the set-up, management and performance of client mandates. Prior to his current role Tim held the role of Assistant Fund Manager, Challenger Diversified Property Group (CDI).