Friday 18 January 2019

Solon joins Friends First from ESB as new property head

Claire Solon has joined Friends First.
Claire Solon has joined Friends First.

Peter Flanagan

Friends First has named Claire Solon as its head of property.

Ms Solon joins Friends First from ESB where she held the position of head of estates management with responsibility for the ESB property portfolio. One of the major projects in the portfolio included the 40,000 sqm redevelopment of the ESB head office on Fitzwilliam Street Lower which recently received planning permission.

Previously she was development director in Bennett Construction where she managed many large scale mixed use development proposals comprising retail, office, medical centre, hotel and residential uses.

She is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (MediKids), and a fellow with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Ms Solon holds a first class honours degree in Property Economics and has extensively lectured on property valuation methodology in degree and masters courses in DIT. She currently holds the position of Senior Vice President in the Society of Chartered Surveyors.

Friends First chief investment office Eugene Gibney commented: "we are delighted to welcome Claire to Friends First. Her delivery of the ESB head office redevelopment shows her to be a proven operator. Claire's skill set and experience will help Friends First deliver on the key value-add opportunities in our property fund, including our exciting plans for Royal Hibernian Way in Dublin. The strong retail bias of our Irish property fund ensures it continues to experience strong inflows and we expect 2016 to be another very positive year for our policyholders."

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