Gunnar Branson to Join AFIRE as Next CEO

by Camren Skelton

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gunnar Branson will join the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) as CEO following the September retirement of the organization’s long-time head, James Fetgatter.

Branson joins AFIRE following seven years as CEO of the National Association of Real Estate Managers (NAREIM). Previously, Branson held leadership positions at GE Capital Real Estate and Heller Financial, and has consulted with companies including JLL, Wells Fargo, Wrightwood Capital, CIBC and Fidelity Investments.

Gunnar Branson

“I am excited to begin work with AFIRE and to continue the high-level relationships fostered by Jim Fetgatter for so many years,” said Branson.  “AFIRE is an essential forum for navigating the unique challenges of global institutional real estate investing, and I look forward to participating in that discussion.”

Founded in 1988, Washington, D.C.-based AFIRE provides a platform for investors to communicate through global meetings in key cities around the world, including in the United States and Europe. Two former U.S. presidents, four former secretaries of state, four former secretaries of defense and former prime ministers from the UK, Ireland, Spain and Australia have addressed AFIRE conferences.

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