Francois Trausch has been promoted to CEO of Asia-Pacific for GE Capital Real Estate International and will be based in Tokyo. The announcement made March 31 is the latest in a series of promotions for Trausch, who joined GE Capital Real Estate in 1996. In 2008, he was appointed head of the Western Europe business after serving five years as managing director of GE Capital Real Estate France.

In other previous roles with the company, Trausch served as head of risk management in Europe and as senior investment officer. He also oversaw GE Capital Real Estate’s Pan-European asset management operations.

“I am very pleased that Francois has accepted this new position,” said Mark Hutchinson, president of GE Capital Real Estate International, in a press release. “His wealth of expertise in building business teams and delivering outstanding results for real estate in Europe positions him well for leading our Asia-Pacific teams.”

Prior to joining GE Capital Real Estate, Trausch worked for Goldman Sachs in London and Tishman Speyer Properties in New York and Berlin. He holds a business degree from ESCP Europe, a leading European business school, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

A global commercial real estate investment company, GE Capital Real Estate has $80 billion in assets. A unit of corporate giant General Electric (NYSE: GE), GE Capital Real Estate has a presence in 31 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.