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Tom Renn, Breakthrough Properties, P.Rubenstien

Renn will be based in the UK. Credit: Tom Renn

Dan Whelan

Tom Renn has left Bruntwood SciTech after three years as CEO to join US developer Breakthrough Properties.

Breakthrough is backed by a joint venture between investors Tishman Speyer and Bellco Capital and has offices in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and San Diego.

The company specializes in acquiring, developing and operating life science properties in leading urban technology centers.

Breakthrough projects include the 263,000 sq ft The105 on West First Street in Boston, leased to the genre editing firm CRISPR.

Renn joins Breakthrough as Vice President of Acquisition and Development and will lead the company’s expansion into Europe. He must be based in the UK.

“Tom brings a wealth of experience and leadership to Breakthrough Properties. His passion for collaboration will enable Breakthrough to expand across key markets in Europe,” said Daniel D’Orazi, executive vice president and head of acquisitions at Breakthrough.

During his time at Bruntwood SciTech, Renn led £ 1.5bn projects including Manchester Science Park, ID Manchester. and Circle Square on Oxford Road.

Before becoming CEO of Bruntwood SciTech, a 50:50 joint venture with Legal & General, Renn spent eight years at Manchester Science Partnerships, another Bruntwood-owned company.

In all, Renn has been associated with Bruntwood for more than 12 years.

Kate Lawlor, CEO of Bruntwood SciTech, confirmed that Deb Hetherington would take over after Renn and “expand his role in innovation services to include Manchester as well as Leeds”.

“A new management structure for Bruntwood SciTech in the city, including the ID Manchester joint venture with the University of Manchester, will be established in the coming months. The Bruntwood SciTech team wishes Tom every success in his new role.”

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