Land Securities has poached DTZ’s Jonathan Evans as head of asset and property management for its £8bn London business division.

Evans, who heads DTZ’s inward investment team and previously was in charge of the West End business team, will start in his new position on 1st June this year.

LandSecs said Evans brief will be to focus on ‘driving investment returns on all assets as well as delivering excellent customer service and satisfaction’.

His appointment comes as Robert Heskett, currently head of London asset management, steps back from a day-to-day operational role. Heskett, who has been with the company for 30 years, has agreed to stay on until at least 2009 to help with the hand over of the asset management portfolio and to work on the plans for the London business as a demerged entity.

Mike Hussey, managing director of the London Business, said: ‘Jonathan joining is a great coup for the business and his role will be vital in ensuring that not only are our assets working well for us as investments but that they are also working well for our occupiers.’

Evans said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to join a major organisation that I have dealt with for many years and admired. I am looking forward to being a part of the London team.’

Evans has been at DTZ for 12 years and prior to joining them worked at Hillier Parker and Knight Frank.

John Forrester, head of Central London markets said: ‘I have worked closely with Jonathan during his entire time at DTZ and enjoyed every minute. His versatility and willingness to take on new challenges has clearly been spotted by Land Securities. His recent role in leading our London Inward Investment team has been a great success.’

‘The remaining director team of Simon Ewart-Perks and Ben Cook under the leadership of our head of Central London Investment, Colin Wilson, will continue to provide investment product and services to our fast growing international investor base.’