Asia’s real estate executives are enjoying a surge of new roles this week as everyone rushes to get ready for 2015. A veteran agency leader has landed at a regional investment advisory firm, CBRE continues to shake up its Asia executives and DTZ starts to get ready to build something. All these moves and more are there for those who read on.
Randall Hall has joined Pamfleet as Chief Operating Officer for China at the real estate investment advisory firm. Hall will be the senior executive for China with the Hong Kong-based company, which also maintains offices in Singapore. The new position with Pamfleet comes after the veteran property advisor left his role as Executive Managing Director for Greater China in April of this year. In this latest role, Hall will remain based in Hong Kong.
Ben Duncan has been promoted to the newly-created role of President, North Asia with CBRE. After a successful turn as head of CBRE Japan, Duncan will be returning to Hong Kong to take charge of the real estate agency’s teams for China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Macau. Sources within the company speculate that with Duncan’s ascension to this newly-created role, the new president for North Asia, together with new APAC CEO Danny Queenan, may be making some changes in the company’s senior management in China before Chinese New Year.
Bernard Seng Chai Mah is now a Vice President at Sankaty Advisors, based in Hong Kong. The former Vice President for Real Estate Investments at JP Morgan moved to the Bain Capital affiliate as part of Sankaty’s acquisition of JP Morgan’s Global Special Opportunities Group (GSOG), which was announced earlier this year. In his new role, Bernard will be responsible for special situation and credit investing across Asia and Australia.
Mei Fang Foo has joined DTZ as the property services firm’s new Head of Project & Building Consultancy for North Asia, replacing Anthony Ng, who departed in August. Foo joins the newly-privatised DTZ after spending the last four years as Country Manager for China with project management firm Mace. In her new role, the National University of Singapore graduate will be responsible for all aspects of DTZ’s project management business in North Asia.
Olivia Xia has been promoted to the role of Senior Leasing Officer with Hang Lung Properties in Shanghai. This latest step up for Xia comes after the 2010 graduate of Jinan University spent more than three years with the Hong Kong-based commercial real estate developer, starting in Hong Kong, and later working for the company in its Guangzhou and Shanghai offices. Xia first joined Hang Lung as a management trainee in 2010.
Elaine Bai has joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as Assistant Space Manager-Facilities Function with the joint venture automaker’s operation in Shanghai. In her new role Bai will be responsible for space management and analysis, as well as for management of the company’s leases and property management personnel. Bai joined Fiat Chrysler last month after spending more than two years with Mary Kay Cosmetics as a facilities manager.
Eric Koo has been promoted to Senior Development Manager, Greater China with InterContinental Hotels Group in Shanghai. The promotion for the Hong Kong Baptist University graduate comes after Koo spent more than three and a half years as a Development Manager with the hotel chain helping to look after its fleet of Intercontinentals, Holiday Inns, and Crown Plazas. In his new role Koo’s territory will expand to include Hong Kong as well as Shanghai.
Willy Tong has joined Cushman & Wakefield as a Manager with the property consultancy’s Tenant Advisory Group based in Shanghai. In his new role the City University of Hong Kong graduate will be responsible for assisting multi-national and local occupiers with leasing strategy and execution for their corporate offices. Tong joins the real estate service provider after previously working for serviced office firm the Executive Centre and JLL in Shanghai.
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