Team

 
Chris Forbes, Head of Real Estate

Chris joined Challenger in September 2018 and is Head of Real Estate, responsible for Challenger’s A$10.2 billion* global real estate funds management and investment strategy. Chris brings 25 years of real estate and investment management experience from his prior roles with Dexus, Charter Hall and more recently as Australian Head of Funds Management for LaSalle Investment Management.

Chris Pak, Executive Director, Real Estate Investments

Chris Pak joined Challenger in 2006 and is responsible for supporting the real estate funds in their service delivery from external contract management, compliance, valuations and asset modelling. Chris has approximately 21 years’ experience in the real estate investment industry, including roles in finance, corporate real estate, shopping centre and asset management with Colonial First State and Westfield.

 
Michael Argue, Head of Office & Industrial

Michael Argue joined Challenger in December 2003 and has held a number of roles within the real estate team through this period including Senior Asset Manager, Portfolio Manager (CDI) & National Leasing Manager before being appointed Head of Office & Industrial.

In this role he has responsibility for leading a team of asset managers, leasing manager & analyst in managing all commercial & industrial property on behalf of CIP’s clients.  A key responsibility of his role is developing strategies create and add value to the assets maximising income and tenant retention.  In addition to this Mr Argue is also a member of the Real Estate Leadership team reporting directly the Head of Real Estate.

Qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1996 Mr Argue also holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Estates Surveying from the Nottingham Trent University (UK).

Paul Skinner 
Paul Skinner, Executive Director, Real Estate

Paul Skinner joined Challenger in April 1997 and is responsible for managing the real estate portfolio of Challenger Life and originating and executing transactions for Funds Management. Paul has held a number of roles within Challenger including asset origination for fixed interest investments, involvement in over A$7 billion of real estate acquisitions.

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Karlyn Maldonado, Head of Development, Real Estate

Karlyn Maldonado joined Challenger in 2006 and is responsible for the direct development management of investments, including management of external development managers and joint venture relationships for property investments across residential, retail, data centre, industrial and commercial sectors.
Prior to joining Challenger, Karlyn worked at Colonial First State Property, being involved in the establishment of Colonial’s A$700 million Hotel Fund.

Tim Evans 
Tim Evans, Director, Real Estate

Tim Evans joined Challenger in 2004 and has full accountability for CIP Real Estate’s separate account relationships. In this role Tim is responsible for the set-up, management and performance of client mandates with funds under management in excess of A$5.1 billion*. Prior to his current role Tim held the role of Assistant Fund Manager, Challenger Diversified Property Group (CDI).

Brett McCarthy 
Brett McCarthy, Director, Real Estate

Brett McCarthy joined Challenger in September 2006 and has specific responsibility for the ongoing management of Challenger’s Japanese real estate portfolio.
Prior to joining Challenger, Brett was a Director at UBS Investment Bank in Japan and Australia for seven years. Brett has lived for a total of nine years in Japan, and speaks and reads Japanese.

* As at 31 March 2019