Jeroen van der Toolen

Award: The Real Estate Personality of the Year Award
Candidate’s name: Jeroen van der Toolen
Company’s name: Ghelamco Poland
Current position: Managing Director Ghelamco CEE
Description of the position: Head of Ghelamco in the CEE, responsible for all company operations in the region. He brought boldvision and innovative strategy to the company operations and expanded company field of activity to new market sectors such as retail and residential real estate.
Work experience in this position: Jeroen van der Toolen was promoted to the position of the Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe and became responsible for all of Ghelamco's operations within the region in 2006.
Description of business activity (profile, market sectors served, etc.): Ghelamco Poland became a well-recognized and diversified real estate developer working in a wide field of market segments (office, residential, retail, industrial), recognized for implementing innovative building concepts and anticipating new market trends.
Size of the company managed by the candidate (headcount, regions of activity): Since 2006, under the leadership of Jeroen van der Toolen, the company has grown threefold, becoming the leading and well recognized provider of modern business space. Jeroen van der Toolen is responsible for all company operations in the Central and Eastern Europe region.
The y-o-y increase in profits/income generated last year: WND
Career path (Previous employers, professional progress, when was the candidate promoted to the current position, etc.): 2003 – Ghelamco, Managing Director for Poland 2006 – Ghelamco, Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe Career path prior joining Ghelamco: • Unilever in Russia • Rabobank in Ukraine • DTZ in Netherlands • DTZ in Poland
Biggest business achievements, especially those made last year: One of the company’s most noteworthy achievements was signing a record-breaking lease agreement with Samsung (almost 22 000 sq m office space in Warsaw Spire). It was the largest transaction in the history of the Warsaw city center. In 2015 Ghelamco also signed a large lease agreement with JLL (8,000 sq m). Last year, Ghelamco signed numerous leases in the Warsaw Spire complex, totaling over 54 000 sq m. Currently more than 70% of space is leased.
- Contributions made to the improvement of the CEE commercial property market: Jeroen van der Toolen brought bold vision and innovative strategy to the company operations. He assigns particular care to the quality of urban space and the company innovations define new market standards. Ghelamco has a reputation of an undisputed leader in sustainable development, which is evidenced by being the first to achieve BREEAM and boasting the highest number of BREEAM in Poland.
Other industry awards and prizes: Builder magazine award (2104) for effective management of the company and its success in 2013.


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