Jonathan Short has been appointed non-executive director of Great Portland Estates

Short previously headed Pramerica Real Estate Investors' global merchant banking group in Europe for the last seven years. He has also worked for Lazard, Barings and Warburgs.

He is best known for making Pramerica a lot of money from being an early investor in self-storage company Big Yellow and business park specialist Arlington Securities.

He will take up the position at Great Portland Estates on 2 April.