Barbara Topolska joined CPI Property Group in 2018. She is responsible for shaping and supervising the implementation of the investment strategy in Poland and for managing the retail, office and hotel portfolio on the Polish market. Under her leadership, CPIPG has successfully carried out all new acquisitions planned in the development strategy introduced for Poland in 2019.
Candidate’s name Barbara Topolska
Current position Country Manager
Company’s name CPI PROPERTY GROUP POLSKA
Description of the position Barbara Topolska joined CPI Property Group in 2018. She is responsible for shaping and supervising the implementation of the investment strategy in Poland and for managing the retail, office and hotel portfolio on the Polish market. Under her leadership, CPIPG has successfully carried out all new acquisitions planned in the development strategy introduced for Poland in 2019.
Work experience in this position "In the autumn of 2019, CPIPG announced an investment strategy for Poland focused on the acquisition of high-quality office buildings located in Warsaw that meet environmental and location standards, with the possibility of their further development and value enhancement.
Over the period of nine months since the announcement, Barbara Topolska and her team completed nine deals, acquiring office buildings of a total area of 245,000 sqm, with the two largest transactions ¬– i.e. the acquisitions of the Warsaw Financial Center and Eurocentrum Office Complex – executed in three months (total GLA of 135,000 sqm). With these transactions, CPIPG Polska has become a leader on the Warsaw office property market in terms of space.
Since the early 2020, the team managed by Barbara Topolska has been implementing a proprietary Property Management model in the acquired office buildings aimed at continuous enhancement of the value of investments and tenants’ work comfort. The model is based on the highest sustainability standards both as regards buildings’ modernization and human capital management. These efforts will help implement a complementary vision of the investment portfolio and the constant enhancement of its value.
With the portfolio expanding, CPIPG Polska team led by Barbara Topolska has grown from 20 to 110 people. "
Description of business activity (profile, market sectors served, etc.) "Barbara is personally responsible for CPIPG’s growth in Poland. She leads a company that owns 24 properties and operates also as an active asset and property manager within its own portfolio. CPIPG Polska’s operations are now focused on the Warsaw office property market where Topolska and her team have built a portfolio of 314,000 sqm GLA. CPIPG’s portfolio in Poland includes also eight retail facilities in six Polish cities with a total area of 67,000 sqm, and two hotel investments in Warsaw.
Barbara Topolska manages a team of over 100 employees and is responsible for investor relations. She reports directly to CPI’s headquarters in Prague."
Size of the company managed by the candidate (headcount, regions of activity) CPIPG Polska’s team headcount is currently 110. The team’s operating activities are focused on the Warsaw office property market and on retail facilities under the company’s management in six other Polish cities.
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Career path (Previous employers, professional progress, when was the candidate promoted to the current position, etc.) "Barbara Topolska joined CPI Property Group in 2018 as the Country Manager.
In 2016, she joined Multi Corporation as the Managing Director for CEE, with responsibility for 6 key markets: Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia, with a total portfolio of 380,000 sqm of retail and office space.
During over 13 years at Neinver, she developed and managed an EUR 2 billion real estate portfolio of 580,000 sqm and properties located in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
In 2003, she was appointed as General Director at Neinver responsible for the company’s operations in Poland. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of Chief Operations Officer.
In 1994, Barbara joined Prime Property Inc., as Residential Director, and Commercial Union (Aviva Group) as Property Management and Investment Director in 1999.
After graduation from the Jagiellonian University (Faculty of Biology, Geography, Minerology and Geochemistry) and University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, she also obtained MBA title from the University of Minnesota.
A member of the International Council of Shopping Centres and Jury Member at ICSC Global Awards. Since March 2019, a member of the supervisory board of YIT."
Biggest business achievements, especially those made last year "Within a year from the announcement of the strategy for Poland by CPIPG, the team headed by Barbara Topolska completed nine transactions on the Warsaw office property market, increasing the size of its investment portfolio by 245,000 sqm to a total of 314,000 sqm. CPIPG owns in total 393,000 sqm of office, retail and hotel space in Poland. All of the company’s acquisitions are high-quality, green office buildings in prime locations in Warsaw, with good growth outlooks. To achieve this goal, Barbara Topolska introduced a proprietary Property Management model implemented by CPIPG Polska team which is based on the highest sustainability standards both as regards buildings’ modernization and human capital management. Building and strengthening relations with tenants through constant work comfort improvements, enhancing the quality of investment projects and implementing in house developed programmes aimed at improving safety and work comfort of occupiers are at the core of the PM proprietary model. The company utilises innovative technology and communication solutions to develop and implement its programmes. Barbara Topolska’s guiding principle in her work is utmost professionalism at each stage of project implementation resulting in the constantly growing investment portfolio and tenant satisfaction. "
Contributions made to the improvement of the CEE commercial property market "Thanks to the professional implementation of the strategy, the total value of CPI’s property portfolio focused on operations in the CEE Region (Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland) and in Berlin has grown to reach EUR 9.8 billion. Poland has become a leader in the Central European office property market in terms of GLA and value.
Barbara Topolska’s operational activity sets the highest work standards in the whole CPIPG. "
Other industry awards and prizes During her career, Barbara Topolska as well as her teams and projects in which she has been involved, have won all the prestigious honours awarded in the real estate sector in Poland. The Industry Professional of the Year CEEQA awarded to her in 2012 is particularly important to Barbara.
Candidate’s name
Barbara Topolska
Current position
Country Manager
Company’s name
CPI PROPERTY GROUP POLSKA
Description of the position
Barbara Topolska joined CPI Property Group in 2018. She is responsible for shaping and supervising the implementation of the investment strategy in Poland and for managing the retail, office and hotel portfolio on the Polish market. Under her leadership, CPIPG has successfully carried out all new acquisitions planned in the development strategy introduced for Poland in 2019.
Work experience in this position
"In the autumn of 2019, CPIPG announced an investment strategy for Poland focused on the acquisition of high-quality office buildings located in Warsaw that meet environmental and location standards, with the possibility of their further development and value enhancement.
Over the period of nine months since the announcement, Barbara Topolska and her team completed nine deals, acquiring office buildings of a total area of 245,000 sqm, with the two largest transactions ¬– i.e. the acquisitions of the Warsaw Financial Center and Eurocentrum Office Complex – executed in three months (total GLA of 135,000 sqm). With these transactions, CPIPG Polska has become a leader on the Warsaw office property market in terms of space.
Since the early 2020, the team managed by Barbara Topolska has been implementing a proprietary Property Management model in the acquired office buildings aimed at continuous enhancement of the value of investments and tenants’ work comfort. The model is based on the highest sustainability standards both as regards buildings’ modernization and human capital management. These efforts will help implement a complementary vision of the investment portfolio and the constant enhancement of its value.
With the portfolio expanding, CPIPG Polska team led by Barbara Topolska has grown from 20 to 110 people. "
Description of business activity (profile, market sectors served, etc.)
"Barbara is personally responsible for CPIPG’s growth in Poland. She leads a company that owns 24 properties and operates also as an active asset and property manager within its own portfolio. CPIPG Polska’s operations are now focused on the Warsaw office property market where Topolska and her team have built a portfolio of 314,000 sqm GLA. CPIPG’s portfolio in Poland includes also eight retail facilities in six Polish cities with a total area of 67,000 sqm, and two hotel investments in Warsaw.
Barbara Topolska manages a team of over 100 employees and is responsible for investor relations. She reports directly to CPI’s headquarters in Prague."
Size of the company managed by the candidate (headcount, regions of activity)
CPIPG Polska’s team headcount is currently 110. The team’s operating activities are focused on the Warsaw office property market and on retail facilities under the company’s management in six other Polish cities.
The y-o-y increase in profits/income generated last year
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Career path (Previous employers, professional progress, when was the candidate promoted to the current position, etc.)
"Barbara Topolska joined CPI Property Group in 2018 as the Country Manager.
In 2016, she joined Multi Corporation as the Managing Director for CEE, with responsibility for 6 key markets: Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Latvia, with a total portfolio of 380,000 sqm of retail and office space.
During over 13 years at Neinver, she developed and managed an EUR 2 billion real estate portfolio of 580,000 sqm and properties located in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
In 2003, she was appointed as General Director at Neinver responsible for the company’s operations in Poland. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of Chief Operations Officer.
In 1994, Barbara joined Prime Property Inc., as Residential Director, and Commercial Union (Aviva Group) as Property Management and Investment Director in 1999.
After graduation from the Jagiellonian University (Faculty of Biology, Geography, Minerology and Geochemistry) and University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, she also obtained MBA title from the University of Minnesota.
A member of the International Council of Shopping Centres and Jury Member at ICSC Global Awards. Since March 2019, a member of the supervisory board of YIT."
Biggest business achievements, especially those made last year
"Within a year from the announcement of the strategy for Poland by CPIPG, the team headed by Barbara Topolska completed nine transactions on the Warsaw office property market, increasing the size of its investment portfolio by 245,000 sqm to a total of 314,000 sqm. CPIPG owns in total 393,000 sqm of office, retail and hotel space in Poland. All of the company’s acquisitions are high-quality, green office buildings in prime locations in Warsaw, with good growth outlooks. To achieve this goal, Barbara Topolska introduced a proprietary Property Management model implemented by CPIPG Polska team which is based on the highest sustainability standards both as regards buildings’ modernization and human capital management. Building and strengthening relations with tenants through constant work comfort improvements, enhancing the quality of investment projects and implementing in house developed programmes aimed at improving safety and work comfort of occupiers are at the core of the PM proprietary model. The company utilises innovative technology and communication solutions to develop and implement its programmes. Barbara Topolska’s guiding principle in her work is utmost professionalism at each stage of project implementation resulting in the constantly growing investment portfolio and tenant satisfaction. "
Contributions made to the improvement of the CEE commercial property market
"Thanks to the professional implementation of the strategy, the total value of CPI’s property portfolio focused on operations in the CEE Region (Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland) and in Berlin has grown to reach EUR 9.8 billion. Poland has become a leader in the Central European office property market in terms of GLA and value.
Barbara Topolska’s operational activity sets the highest work standards in the whole CPIPG. "
Other industry awards and prizes
During her career, Barbara Topolska as well as her teams and projects in which she has been involved, have won all the prestigious honours awarded in the real estate sector in Poland. The Industry Professional of the Year CEEQA awarded to her in 2012 is particularly important to Barbara.