With more than 705 million Chinese hitting the road during last week’s National Day holiday, now is a good time to take stock of the regional real estate pros who have recently moved into new jobs. Heading this week’s edition of our human resources roundup, a capital markets executive has joined CBRE Global Investors, while retail developer Taubman Asia has welcomed a new asset manager for its mainland malls. Read on for all the details about who is getting new gigs in the property world.
Serene Lim has joined CBRE Global Investors as Vice President for Investments in Singapore last month. Lim will draw on a decade of industry experience at the investment management affiliate of NYSE-listed CBRE Group, which has $98.9 billion in real estate assets under management. The Fudan University graduate previously served as Senior Investment Associate at logistics developer ESR (e-Shang Redwood) Singapore, where she reviewed, underwrote and structured new real estate deals in China, Australia and Japan. Lim has also worked at Buss Capital Singapore and CapitaLand.
Franco Tin has taken the reins as Senior Asset Manager at Taubman Asia in the Hong Kong office of the US-based retail property developer. In his new role, Tin is responsible for asset management at Taubman’s CityON shopping centres in Xi’an and Zhengzhou, China, each with gross floor areas of over 3 million square feet. Tin will also supervise the heads of the respective teams in each city, which number over 100 staff in total. Tin stepped into the job in August after working at AIA as Real Estate Asset Manager since 2013.
Chris Cuff is now a Partner at Strategram Consulting in Singapore, providing consulting services related to corporate real estate, strategy, negotiation and program management. The real estate consulting veteran is starting up the firm after working in a variety of roles with Colliers International and Cushman & Wakefield since 1993. Cuff most recently held the title of Regional Executive Director for Asia at Colliers in Singapore after relocating from the firm’s Shanghai office. He joined Colliers in 2008 after working at rival agency Cushman & Wakefield since 1993 in Toronto and Shanghai.
Lily Yao has moved into the property development world by joining mainland homebuilder Longfor Properties as Business Development Manager based in Beijing. Yao started the role last month after working in the Retail Services division of international property agency Cushman & Wakefield in the northeastern city of Shenyang since last year. The graduate of Dalian University of Foreign Languages, who first joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2011, has also worked for the American Chamber of Commerce China and mainland developer China Resources Land.
John Callaghan is now Associate Director for Australia and New Zealand Cross Border Investment at Savills Hong Kong, taking on the global role after serving in the Sydney office of the property consulting firm since 2015. Based in Hong Kong as of September, Callaghan functions as the company’s Australia desk for Asia Pacific, supporting cross-border transactions with a focus on investments into Australia. The experienced valuer has previously held roles with CBRE Asia Pacific and Australia’s Herron Todd White.
Michelle Yeung is moving to global property consultancy CBRE as a Manager with the Capital Markets team in Hong Kong this month. Yeung will likely draw on her deal-making skills in her new position on the firm’s investment team after serving as a Negotiator with the Retail Leasing division at JLL Hong Kong for over two years. The University of British Columbia graduate has also worked at Marks and Spencer as a project development analyst in the property department.
As usual, if you know of other China real estate professionals changing their jobs, getting promoted or just doing something exciting, please feel free to share with the rest of the community here at Mingtiandi.