As we move into May the Asia Pacific region’s crew of property professionals continue to find new and more challenging roles. Topping this week’s list is an executive at the world’s largest asset manager who now adds COO to his existing collection of titles following the departure of a 17-year company veteran. Next on the list is a leading industry NGO turning to a government official to fill its top position in Singapore. And there’s much more if you just keep reading.
Andrew Reynolds has stepped up to Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific at BlackRock, replacing Michael Marquardt, who departed the asset management giant’s Hong Kong office after seven years in the role and 17 years with the firm, according to an account in Asian Investor. Reynolds takes on the COO role in addition to his responsibilities as CFO and Head of Corporate Strategy for Asia Pacific at the New York-based firm. Reynolds, who joined BlackRock in 2014 from CLSA assumed his new duties on March 31st as Marquardt has left to pursue other opportunities.
Khoo Teng Chye of Singapore’s Ministry of National Development has been appointed Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Singapore chapter, according to an announcement by the property industry organisation. Khoo, who in his day job serves as Executive Director for the country’s Centre for Liveable Cities, was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB – Singapore’s National Water Agency, and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The veteran official is ULI’s first Council Chair to come from the public sector in Asia Pacific. In his role with the nonprofit Khoo will lead the ULI’s Executive Committee in Singapore as they continue to focus on providing long-term thinking and sustainable solutions for the city’s ongoing development.
Chris Yang has been promoted to Senior Associate Director with the Valuation and Advisory team at Cushman & Wakefield in Beijing. In his new role Yang leads a valuer team in providing valuations and investment feasibility studies to domestic and international developers, funds and institutional investors. The graduate of the Master of Arts in Commercial Property program at the University of Sheffield in the UK takes his step up after serving more than 18 months as an Associate Director, and has now been with C&W since 2011.
Jenny Gan has joined Pradera Retail Asia as Senior Marketing Manager based in Shanghai. Gan comes to the joint venture asset manager from Singapore’s CapitaMalls Asia, as Pradera continues to build out its mainland team. London-based Pradera set up an Asian wing last year through a joint venture with a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), and is managing retail properties in Shanghai, Qingdao and Xi’an on behalf of MIRA-managed companies. In her previous role Gan served as Marketing Communications Manager with CapitaMalls for more than four years, and she also has experience the shopping centre management team at Savills.
Kim Brandt-Madsen has headed down to Hong Kong to take on the role of General Manager with A Matter of Design. The graduate of Denmark’s Vestjydsk Handelsskole & Handelsgymnasium makes his move to the Asian financial hub after two years with furniture retailer Bo Concept in Shanghai, where he served as General Manager for China. With A Matter of Design Brandt-Madsen is tasked with growing both the BoConcept and Tom Dixon furniture brands in the local Hong Kong market.
Lin Li has joined real estate creative agency Wordsearch as a Project Manager, based in Beijing. Li joins the speciality maker of print, electronic and other marketing materials for developers and brokers from Mi2 Interior Design and Architecture, where she had served as an Account Executive for more than one year. The graduate of Canada’s University of Waterloo also has experience with Time Development.
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