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Management Board


Christian Windfuhr

Before joining the Grand City Group Mr. Windfuhr served as CEO of Maritim Hotels, with 12.000 rooms in over 40 hotels, primarily in Germany. He served as CEO of Mövenpick Hotels and achieved the financial turnaround of Mövenpick, drove international expansion, publicly listed the company, and worked out a strategic partnership with Kingdom Holding (HRH Prince Alwaleed) and JP Morgan. He also served as Director of TUI, Europe’s largest tour operator, heading up their hotel activities. Furthermore, he served in high positions in Holiday Inn International, Kempinski, and Southern Sun Hotels. Graduated at Cornell University.

Board of Directors

Simone Runge-Brandner

Independent Director

Advisor in Real Estate Private Equity for investors and project developers in European property markets

Past positions:
UBS Deutschland AG, Investment Bank, Frankfurt/London: Deal Manager (Director)
Dekabank Frankfurt, Vice President Real Estate Finance/Investment Funds, Credit Manager
Helaba Frankfurt: Credit Manager Real Estate Finance
Holds a Diploma in International Business Administration

Daniel Malkin

Independent Director

Co Founder of SIMRES Real Estate sarl, Private Equity with focus on real estate transactions, advisory, M&A. 

Past positions:
Excellence Investment Bank: Investment Manager / Fund Manager - fixed income investment funds.
Holds a BA in business Administration

Refael Zamir

Before joining the Grand City Group in the beginning of 2013, Mr. Zamir served as a manager for Ernst & Young in the real-estate and financial institutions sectors. Mr. Zamir is a certified public accountant (CPA) and holds a BA and MBA in Finance and Business Administration.

Advisory Board

Yakir Gabay

Mr. Gabay is the chairman of the Advisory Board. Before GCP, Mr. Gabay was chairman & managing partner of an investment company which managed over $30 billion of assets, and before that he was the CEO of the investment banking of Bank Leumi. Mr. Gabay holds a BA in Accounting/Economics, MBA and CPA.

Andrew Wallis

Vice chairman, Advisory Board Member. Mr. Wallis was owner and CEO of a large German property management company. Previously he spent 10 years as an investment banker in the city of London for Merril Lynch and JP Morgan. Mr. Wallis holds an MBA and a CFA.

Claudio Jarczyk

Prior to GCP, Mr. Jarczyk served as an Executive Director at BerlinHyp Bank specializing in real estate financing with a focus on international clients, as a Chief International Executive at Landesbank Berlin and as an International Division-Department Manager at Bayerische Vereinsbank Munich. Mr. Jarczyk holds a Dipl.Kfm. / M.B.A at Munich University.

Markus J. Leininger

Mr Leininger is a former senior banker with focus on financing, private equity and real estate. His past positions include Head of Operations with Eurohypo  AG and Rheinhyp AG (Commerzbank) and a Member of the Advisory Board and Investment Committee of Revetas Capital Advisors. Furthermore, he is the co-author of professional articles about real estate financing. Mr Leininger holds a diploma in business administration.