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Battersea Power Station appoints new CEO ahead of “next phase of development”

Tom Bottomley
11 June 2024

Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) has the announced the appointment of Don O’Sullivan as its new Chief Executive Officer, commencing 18 June 2024.

As CEO, O’Sullivan will lead the continued development of the Malaysian-owned site, following the restoration and public opening of the Grade II listed Power Station - already a vibrant retail and leisure destination which welcomed 11.2 million visitors in 2023.

Battersea Power Station

O’Sullivan will also oversee the operation of the growing riverside neighbourhood, which is already home to over 140 shops, bars and restaurants, boasts more than 2,500 residents and has unique leisure venues and office space.

That includes Apple’s new 500,000 sq ft UK headquarters, and the newly launched 50 Electric Boulevard, a 200,000 sq ft state-of-the-art office building designed by Foster + Partners.

O’Sullivan was formerly the CEO of Galliard Homes from July 2017 until March 2022, having first joined the company in 2001 as a contract manager. A chartered civil engineer, he began his career with Balfour Beatty in 1990.

Tan Sri Jagan Sabapathy, Chairman of Battersea Power Station Project Holding Company, said: "We are delighted to welcome Don O’Sullivan as our new CEO. Don’s exceptional leadership skills, strategic insights and deep industry knowledge make him the ideal choice to lead BPSDC.

"Don joins us as we embark on the next phase of development at Battersea Power Station and as we strengthen the performance of our assets under management, including the iconic Grade II listed Power Station."

O’Sullivan added: "I have long been an admirer of this landmark project on our wondrous London skyline. The exceptional vision and extraordinary commitment shown from the shareholders, and the whole Battersea team, has already delivered beyond expectations.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity of playing a part in the next stages of the great Battersea Power Station story."

At the start of 2024, Battersea Power Station reported it had seen a 30% year-on-year rise in visitors in December 2023. That contributed to a 52% rise in overall sales in December 2023, versus December 2022.

Fashion sales leapt 33% for the same period, following store openings in 2023 including Jigsaw, A.P.C, ME+EM, Scamp & Dude and Massimo Duti – all helping to drive footfall and sales.

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