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Global student accommodation operator and developer Campus Living Villages (CLV) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Gabelich as CEO UK, effective from 1st November 2015. Richard succeeds Gary Clarke who is transferring to the company’s US division.
Gary Clarke has been responsible for the strategic leadership and management of CLV’s UK business since 2008. His focus for the next three years will be to lead and develop the company’s US business, while Richard Gabelich will lead the UK business and drive growth of the portfolio which now spans 15 different sites across England, Scotland and Wales.
Richard – previously CLV’s Fund Manager – has worked with the global head office in Sydney, Australia for nine years, successfully developing the company’s global footprint and working closely with CLV’s regional operations. Most recently, he led and oversaw all of CLV’s global fund management functions, setting its global strategy in conjunction with the Global CEO and the Board and has a depth of experience in capital raising and structuring, investment, compliance, governance and legal matters.
Away from CLV, Richard worked for the Australian private development company Transfield Holdings (the original sponsor of the CLV investment fund) and spent seven years in banking and finance, and corporate and commercial law, with national law firms Hunt & Hunt (Sydney), Minter Ellison (Sydney) and Kensington Swan (Auckland).
Speaking upon his UK appointment, Richard Gabelich said: “I am excited to be moving into our UK business. The UK student accommodation market is a vibrant and exciting sector and I am looking forward to continuing to grow the Campus Living Villages brand.
As higher education continues to become a global commodity, CLV is well placed to use its international expertise to deliver the best in student experience for its customers.”
Since launching in 2008, CLV UK now accounts for 21% of the company’s global portfolio.