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iQ Student Accommodation Announces Leadership Shuffle

Posted by Richard Ward

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iQ Student Accommodation has announced a raft of leadership appointments as it continues to expand its business following the acquisition by Blackstone last year.

The current CEO Rob Roger will step into the role of Executive Chairman from July this year. He will continue to advise the executive team and shareholders in his new role as the company delivers on its growth strategy.

The role of CEO will be taken up by Matt Merrick, who joined iQ as Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Matt previously worked at Virgin Active and has been a driving force behind developing iQ's digital offering.

Stepping in as Chief Operating Officer will be Dominic Rowell, who joins from Vue International.

These moves at the top of the company follow the appointment of Dushyant Sangar as Chief Investment Officer and Peter Cross as Director of Strategy and Shareholder Relations last month.

Commenting on the role, Rob Roger said: "I am immensely proud of what iQ has achieved over the last five years. Through consistent investment in the business and organic growth, we have become one of the UK's leading providers of student accommodation. As the UK continues to attract a growing number of students and demand for high-quality accommodation increases, I look forward to continuing to work with the talented and dedicated executive team and our highly supportive shareholders as this truly stand-out business serves students from all over the world."

Meanwhile, Matt Merrick said: "I have been with iQ through significant growth and change over the last four years and have seen first-hand the difference that high quality, well located accommodation makes to a student's university experience. With our strong pipeline of new developments in cities with the highest demand, and our relentless focus on customer experience, I am excited to be taking on this new challenge as CEO as we bring iQ's offer to even more students across the UK."