NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lend Lease, one of the world's largest international property and infrastructure providers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Burch as Executive General Manager, New York, for the Americas Development business. In her new role with Lend Lease, Melissa will lead and grow our development business in the New York market, pursue and identify development opportunities and large-scale urban regeneration projects throughout the greater metropolitan area, as well as support our development efforts nationally.
"I am excited to welcome Melissa to our Development business. She brings a full range of experience in the New York market and has a proven track record of operational success," said Denis Hickey, Chief Executive Officer Americas. "Melissa's extensive knowledge of entitlement, design, construction, marketing, leasing and the execution of complex urban development projects makes her the ideal executive to grow our Development business in New York."
Prior to joining Lend Lease, Ms. Burch served as Executive Vice President for Forest City Ratner Companies where she had overall responsibility for commercial and residential development. In this role, she oversaw the development of the Atlantic Yards project, a public/private partnership development extending 22 acres and comprised of the Barclays Center and 8M SF of new rental and condominium housing, office, retail space, and eight acres of public open space. In addition, Melissa spearheaded various projects throughout the New York City region and supervised the on-going leasing of Forest City Ratner's office and residential operating portfolios.
Ms. Burch received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard College and her Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Henry Street Settlement, The Coro New York Leadership Center and the Citizen's Budget Commission. She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Urban Land Institute, and WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate. In 2013 she was named by Crain's Magazine as one of New York's "40 Under 40" Rising Stars.
Lend Lease is a leading international property and infrastructure provider which operates a global management structure focused on four major global geographic regions, comprised of operations in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Lend Lease finished its previous financial year on June 30th with a global development pipeline with an estimated end value of approximately $37.7 billion. In Australia Lend Lease is currently developing Barangaroo the largest development project in Sydney's history and in the Americas Lend Lease owns and operates over 40,000 homes and over 11,000 hotel rooms for the United States military.
About Lend Lease:
Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and with circa 13,200 employees worldwide, the firm's capabilities span the property and infrastructure spectrum.
The Americas region, headquartered in New York, offers project management & construction, public partnerships, development, asset and property management. Our expertise covers multiple sectors including arts & culture, commercial office, education, government, healthcare, hotels & resorts, industrial, military housing communities, mixed-use, multi-site, pharmaceutical, senior living, solar, transportation and aviation.
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SOURCE Lend Lease