Leading today’s people moves, a top executive at CPPIB upgrades her title at the global investment giant with a significant Asian real estate portfolio. A plethora of agency pros are updating their name cards, with a CBRE exec in India taking the reins as general manager and leasing and sales specialist jumping to Savills in China. And a Hong Kong-listed developer has been ramping up its British team, so keep reading for all the details.
Suyi Kim has been promoted to Senior Managing Director & Head of Asia Pacific at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), based in Hong Kong, in which role she oversees the growing Asian investment portfolio of the $268 billion pension giant. Kim was appointed Managing Director, Head of Asia in mid-2016. Through the recently announced move, the executive becomes part of the Senior Management Team of CPPIB, with increased global leadership responsibilities. Kim joined the Toronto-headquartered firm in 2006 and set up CPPIB’s office in Hong Kong, after which she launched and led the company’s Private Equity Asia business. She has more than 15 years of private equity investment experience, including previous roles at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and The Carlyle Group.
Arnav Paitandy has been promoted from Deputy General Manager to General Manager of CBRE in Gurgaon, India this month. He joined the property consultancy in 2010 as a business development coordinator in New Delhi. In his most recent role Paitandy led the India CRM & Sales Management and APAC Data Integrity Group operations teams, reporting to the National Head of Sales Management. The senior business analyst previously worked for Blacksheep Resources, providing consulting services for educational startups.
Andy Shen has joined international real estate consultancy Savills as Director of Investment Department this month, focussing on investment brokerage based in Shanghai. He previously worked at mainland developer Sunny World Group as Group Director, Office Department in Shanghai and Shenyang, in which role he was in charge of office leasing and sales. Shen’s career has also spanned roles at Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Henderson Land Development and Stanley Partners.
Kiah Khing Tan is now Senior Commercial Manager at Hong Kong-listed developer Far East Consortium, based in the firm’s London office. Led by Head of UK Development John Connolly, the company’s team in Britain has expanded over the past year with senior hires including Nick Poon, Head of Projects London; Doris Lam, Senior Project Manager; and Amar Sharma, Senior Finance Manager. Tan is the most recent addition, joining from Hutchison Property Group (UK) where he served as a cost control/procurement manager. Family-run Far East Consortium is now one of the biggest residential developers in Britain in addition to its operations across Asia Pacific.
Jacky Jianhui Zhu now leads office sector research in China as Associate Director, China Research at property brokerage CBRE this month. Based in Chengdu, Zhu previously worked as Head of Research, Western China for over three years following a stint on the research team in Shanghai. The holder of a master’s degree from Xiamen University started his real estate career at rival agency JLL in Chengdu.
Jonathan Der has been promoted to Associate Director at Colliers International this month, based in Hong Kong, after holding the role of Senior Manager for just over a year. The tenant representation role involves advising local firms and multinationals on all aspects of their property requirements in Hong Kong, with a focus on providing rent reviews, lease renewals or restructurings, and new leasing. Der joined the real estate consultancy as a tenant representative in 2013.
Min (Rita) Yao is now Project Manager at Expedia with property brokerage JLL, after having served as Assistant Facility Manager at Philips with JLL for over five years. In her previous role she helped manage facilities services for the electronics giant, including receptionists, security guards and cleaning and other deliverables. The graduate of Shanghai Jiaotong University was formerly employed by Johnson Controls, where she worked as a client service specialist for Cisco Systems.
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