JP Morgan brings in Ahl as MD

Former Forum Partners executive George Ahl has joined JP Morgan’s Americas real estate division in a newly-created role.

JP Morgan Asset Management has appointed George Ahl to client portfolio manager for Americas real estate, a new role for the New York-based firm.

Ahl joins from Forum Partners where he was a managing director responsible for capitalizing global real estate investment strategies and establishing sector-focused, entity-level investment platforms in the US. Ahl now reports to Alexia Gottschalch, JP Morgan’s global real assets head of Americas business development.

“George is an accomplished real estate professional with a 20-year track record of advising clients on how to leverage US real estate to help achieve capital and strategic objectives in their portfolios,” said Gottschalch in the Monday announcement. “His solid understanding of the US real estate market and longstanding relationships with institutional investors will further enhance our client strategy team and overall client experience.”

JP Morgan’s real assets division has over $88 billion in assets under management, including the industry's largest US core real estate commingled fund, JPMCB Strategic Property Fund, which has $28.7 billion in net asset value, according to the firm’s Monday statement.

“George's experience and comprehensive skill set allows him to clearly identify and outline opportunities for clients, and also prepare them for the challenges of global real estate markets,” said Doug Doughty, JP Morgan Asset Management’s global head of business development.