While Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it’s not just those in the US who have reason to be happy. Many of Asia’s real estate professionals also have cause to be thankful. Vincent Lo will surely thank Raymond Wong for his service at SOCAM after the CFO and Managing Director decided to retire. Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust Management is thankful it has a woman as skilled as Tan Su Shan now serving as a non-executive director, while JLL’s new Country Head in the Philippines is certain to be grateful to be spending his winters in warmer climes. Scroll down for all of this week’s news.
Raymond Wong decided to call it a day. SOCAM’s Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer is retiring after nearly ten years of leading the property development and construction materials subsidiary of Shui On Group . Many of Hong Kong billionaire Vincent Lo’s companies under the Shui On Group banner were forced to sell properties to cope with debts and SOCAM was no exception parting ways with the Four Seasons Hotel in Shaghai last year. Frankie Wong, no relation to Raymond, will replace him.
Tan Su Shan is a busy woman and added another role to her long list of responsibilities agreeing to become a non-executive Director at Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust Management. She is currently Managing Director at DBS Bank in Singapore and also serves as Group Head, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management. Tan, who is the first private banking professional from Asia to win Outstanding Private Banker of the Year Award at the Private Banker International Global Wealth Awards, also served as a Member of Singapore’s Parliament.
Wong Chin Ping was appointed as chief financial officer at OUE Commercial REIT Management joining from Mapletree Logistics Trust Management. She spent eight years at the Singapore-based trust where she worked as head of treasury. Wong also has been employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Honeywell. OUE Commercial REIT currently has three commercial properties in Singapore and Shanghai under its management.
Ken Kan swapped Colliers International for CBRE joining the firm as Executive Director, Southern China, Advisory & Transaction Services. In his new role with the green team, the Macquarie University grad will be based in Shenzhen. Kan spent the past two years at Colliers working at the company’s Shenzhen office as General Manager. He was with the firm for six years also spending time in the Shanghai office.
Christophe Vicic traded in the cold and snow of Russia for the tropical climate of the Philippines after being appointed JLL’s Country Head for the archipelago. Vicic joined the firm in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, Russia, Ukraine & Kazakhstan for the real estate service provider. He will take over for Lindsay Orr who was named Chairman, JLL Philippines. The Frenchman also had a six-year stint as President and CEO Russia, Africa & Middle East at Millicom International Cellular.
Vevina Chan moved from Shanghai to Beijing to take up the Office Manager position at MAD architects. She joins from Zuxing Group where she had been acting as the firm’s marketing director. MAD has a number of notable projects in the works in both China and the USA, including the much-hyped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center on the mainland and 8600 Wilshire in Los Angeles.
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