Update from CEE-focused Globalworth Real Estate Investments

Globalworth makes €134m acquisition of office complex in Poland

Globalworth Real Estate Investments (GWI), a leading office investor in Central and Eastern Europe, announced changes to the company’s board and an update regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Board changes

Ioannis Papalekas, the founder, is stepping down from the board with immediate effect but will remain as CEO of the company. Dimitris Raptis, the current chief investment officer and deputy CEO, has been appointed co-CEO alongside Mr Papalekas whilst retaining his role as chief investment officer. Mr Raptis will remain on the board of Globalworth and will act as the main point of communication between the board and executive management.

This decision has been made after consultation with the Company’s major shareholders and will allow Mr Papalekas to focus completely on his responsibilities in managing the Company’s business and operations in the near term, especially in light of the outbreak of the COVID-19 global epidemic and crisis.

Subject to completion of due diligence, the company intends to appoint Martin Bartyzal as a non-executive director as soon as practicable. 


Regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the entire Globalworth team of more than 220 people in Cyprus, Guernsey, Romania and Poland is entirely focused on containing and mitigating its adverse effects.  The safety and wellbeing of our people, clients and communities are our top priorities while we try to safeguard the business, protect its assets and aim to limit the liabilities and negative consequences from this crisis that evolves day by day.  Further announcements will follow on the matter in due course.

Geoff Miller, Chair of the Board, commented: “These changes to the board will, we believe, enhance its effectiveness and are in the best interests of the company as a whole. At this critical and pivotal time, the board members continue to work extremely closely with our executive team, both at the Board level and through the committees of the board. I believe that the company as a whole will be strengthened by the fact that Ioannis is now entirely focused on managing the company’s business and operations in the near term, whilst Dimitris will have the primary responsibility for board communications as well as co-managing business and operational matters.”

GWI: Update from CEE-focused Globalworth Real Estate Investments  

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