Metropolitan appoints Geeta Nanda OBE as new Chief Executive

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Geeta Nanda CEOGeeta Nanda OBE has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at Metropolitan. Geeta is currently Chief Executive of Thames Valley Housing, and will join Metropolitan in October 2017, succeeding Brian Johnson.

Paula Kahn, Chair of Metropolitan, said:

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Housing, as Metropolitan’s new Chief Executive.

“Geeta is an exceptional CEO with a proven track record, and experience and understanding of the sector. The Board believes that, with Geeta’s leadership, Metropolitan will continue to strengthen its position as a leading social housing provider.

“Brian Johnson has done an excellent job over the past four years in leading Metropolitan and he is leaving the organisation in a strong position.”

David Clayton-Smith, Chair of Thames Valley Housing, said:

“Geeta’s exceptional leadership has greatly contributed to the growth and stature of Thames Valley Housing. She leaves with our very best wishes for this fresh and exciting challenge.”

Brian Johnson, current Chief Executive of Metropolitan, said:

“I have enjoyed my time at Metropolitan tremendously, and I am very proud of what the team has achieved together.

“Having accomplished what I set out to do – to get the organisation onto a sound and successful footing – I have decided that it’s the right time for me to hand over responsibility, and I am very pleased that Geeta has agreed to join us.”

Geeta Nanda, said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive of Metropolitan. It is a successful and ambitious organisation which I am honoured to be asked to lead – and I look forward to the challenge ahead.”

Brian Johnson will continue as Chief Executive until July 2017, at which point interim arrangements will be put in place until Geeta joins Metropolitan in October.

About Geeta

    Geeta Nanda OBE joined Thames Valley Housing as Chief Executive in 2008, after completing four years as Group Operations Director of Notting Hill Housing Trust. Over nearly 30 years, Geeta has worked in a variety of leadership roles in housing associations, which have provided her with significant experience and a thorough understanding of the sector.

    During her career, Geeta has maintained a track record of improving profitability, implementing strategy, establishing innovative joint ventures and partnerships, and raising organisations’ levels of internal engagement and external reputation. In her most recent role at Thames Valley Housing, Geeta has overseen a top quartile performance in customer service, and the establishment of a highly successful market rent subsidiary.

    Geeta is a Non-Executive Director of McCarthy & Stone, a FTSE 250 retirement housebuilder, and has served on the Boards of two housing organisations, as well as national and local charities. She is also an Ambassador for charity World Child Cancer. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing.