DEXUS has hired Woolworths head of property development Paul Oates as its new group general manager, development.

Mr Oates will start in December and be responsible for the operations of DEXUS’s $3.3 billion development business, including long-term development planning and execution for the group’s balance sheet and third party funds’ assets, overseeing master planning and design, and driving best practice development processes and systems.

Current group general manager, development Andrew Whiteside has been appointed to a new role of group general manager, new business – office and industrial development.

Mr Whiteside will relocate to Melbourne mid-2015 and will be responsible for identifying and packaging new office and industrial development opportunities, strengthening relationships with key customers and government bodies, delivering annual trading profit targets for designated projects and overseeing end-to-end industrial development.

“These appointments have been implemented as a result of the Group’s significant growth over the past two years and its subsequent increased activity in the development space,” Kevin George, executive general manager, office & industrial, said. “We have ensured that we have an experienced senior management focus on delivery, risk and management and we can continue to originate opportunities to fulfil the investment needs of the DEXUS portfolio and our third party business.”