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A passion for real estate

ECE – A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY BUSINESS 

Mail-order pioneer Werner Otto founded ECE in 1965 in order to realize his group's real estate projects more successfully and to bring the idea of shopping centers to Germany. Today, under the leadership of Alexander Otto, we develop, realize and operate real estate in all asset classes and entire city districts. We offer comprehensive services including fund management from a single source.

ECE IN FIGURES

1965

founded

33.3

€ bn. assets under management

2.8

€ bn. constant construction and planning volume

13

countries we are active in

200

shopping centers under management

3,400

employees

100

DGNB, LEED, and BREEAM certifications for our properties


100% FAMILY OWNED

And 100 percent values that we live by: as an owner-managed family business, we build simultaneously on the Hanseatic values of the respectable merchant as well as on creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and customer focus. By bundling our entire know-how under one roof, we create significant added value for our customers.

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THE OTTO FAMILY AS INVESTORS

Even as a service provider we think and act like an investor. Because the Otto family is personally involved in many projects and partners and, thanks to its international network and strong financial power, enables us to be highly flexible, think long-term, have considerable growth opportunities and be highly reliable.

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GIVING SOMETHING BACK TO SOCIETY

We know that we are not solely responsible for our success. But that we have a responsibility for our work and its effects. That is why we use our expertise and resources time and again to review and improve our work and to commit ourselves to society.

 

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Management Board and Supervisory Board

ECE’s Management Board consists of CEO Alexander Otto and six other Managing Directors. The Advisory Board decides on all major business decisions. 

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ECE Management Board

International subsidiaries and joint ventures

In addition to our headquarters in Hamburg, we also operate additional branches and/or subsidiaries and joint ventures abroad.

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Internationale Niederlassungen und Joint Ventures, Shanghai

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OUR DNA

As a company, we take responsibility for our actions, for the environment and society, and for our employees. This is why our approach to business and our day-to-day operations have always been focused on our customers’ expectations and needs. In this context, we view ourselves as partner who always acts with integrity, is reliable, fair, and is committed to clearly defined fundamental values and a strict code of conduct.

Sustainability

Conducting operations in a sustainable manner is one of our top priorities and is an integral part of our corporate strategy. 

Values and responsibility

Our values define the character of our company, create a long-lasting foundation for our stakeholders, and form the basis of our success and partnerships.

History

Hardly any other company has had such a lasting influence on the history of shopping centers – as well as other asset classes – as we have. Discover what drives us since 1965.

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