The latest edition of Mingtiandi’s roundup of regional personnel moves features the resignation of a mainland developer’s CEO and two high-profile departures from a Hong Kong-listed retailer’s board of directors.
Zhang Yadong has stepped down as chief executive of mainland-based, Hong Kong-listed property developer Greentown China Holdings Ltd. Zhang remains as the chairman of the board, an executive director of the company and a member of the remuneration and nomination committees. The Greentown board announced the appointment of Guo Jiafeng, an executive director of the company, as the new CEO with effect from 17 December 2020.
Anders Kristiansen, the group chief executive of Hong Kong-listed retailer Esprit, has resigned as an executive director of the company. Kristiansen will remain as group CEO until 28 February 2021 “or such earlier date as requested by the group”, as will chief financial officer Johannes Schmidt-Schultes, who also resigned as an executive director. The two German executives had led a turnaround effort at the embattled fashion label since June 2018. They said they had no disagreement with the board and there were no matters in relation to their resignations that needed to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the company.
Alvin Zhong has been appointed managing director of Colliers’ Shenzhen office, where he will be responsible for growing the company’s business in the city bordering Hong Kong. Formerly with the US division of Huawei, Zhong worked most recently as deputy director of the industry promotion division of the Qianhai Administration Bureau in Shenzhen. He has more than 10 years of business development, sales and marketing experience in various industries in China and abroad.
Ryan O’Sullivan has joined Colliers International in Hong Kong as director of corporate solutions after working as a partner at Cushman & Wakefield in Britain for almost eight years. His experience also includes two years as a real estate transaction manager on contract to Amazon and one year as a senior account manager for Novartis. A graduate of Loughborough University, O’Sullivan holds a master’s degree in the economics of property markets from the University of Aberdeen.
Shaun Brodie has been appointed as Cushman & Wakefield’s senior director and head of business development services for East China and Greater China content. He joined Cushman in Shanghai in 2006 and has been in the research field for more than 15 years. A graduate of Birkbeck, University of London, Brodie holds a master’s degree in surveying from the University of Reading and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Jane Foden has joined the Standard Chartered account team at CBRE as associate director and regional workplace strategy lead for ASEAN and South Asia in Singapore. Foden previously served as head of integration for Greater China at CBRE in Hong Kong for more than three years. She has over 20 years of project management, change management and consulting experience, including contract work for RBS and self-employment as a business consultant.
Avan Pau has joined CBRE Hong Kong as senior director of investment property and private office, capital markets, after spending nine years with Savills Hong Kong. Over the past nine years, he has been involved in numerous appointments that closed some of the most significant deals in the market, realising a total investment sum of HK$15 billion ($1.9 billion). A graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Pau holds a master’s degree in real estate from the University of Hong Kong.
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