Leading this week’s roundup of people moves, JP Morgan Asset Management has welcomed an industrial specialist in Sydney, and the investment arm of the Australian state of Queensland has carved out a new position for one its executives to oversee the firm’s growing real estate business. Meanwhile, an agency veteran is hopping to a competitor for a senior capital markets role in Shanghai. There are other job changes in the mainland financial hub, along with Bangkok, so keep reading for the full rundown.
James Santi has joined JP Morgan Asset Management – Real Estate’s Asia Pacific team in the role of Executive Director of Acquisitions for Australia and New Zealand. Santi is based in Sydney and reporting to the company’s head of Australia and New Zealand in the newly created role, in charge of origination, underwriting, due diligence and transactions of real estate purchases in the two countries. Santi previously worked at property brokerage CBRE as Senior Director of Capital Markets, leading the Industrial and Logistics investment sales business line in New South Wales. His prior experience include real estate investment and fund management-related roles at AMP Capital, Aviva Investors, Gibb Group and Goodman.
Hugh Menck has joined property brokerage Colliers International as Executive Director for Capital Markets and Investment Services, based in Shanghai. He previously worked as Director of Capital Markets at competitor CBRE in Shanghai, after a nine-year stint in the Singapore office of Colliers as Director of Investment Services Asia. With expertise in the acquisition and sale of institutional investment-grade real estate, Menck has a track record across all property sectors and deal types from core and core plus to value-add and opportunistic.
David Asplin has been named Chief Operating Officer – Global Real Estate at the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), based in Brisbane. Asplin was previously Managing Director – Global Business Development. In the newly created role, effective July 1, Asplin will manage the performance of QIC’s growing Global Real Estate business, reporting to Steve Leigh, managing director of Global Real Estate, according to an announcement. The fund management veteran who joined QIC in 2012 will continue to serve on QIC’s Executive Committee. QIC Global Real Estate is the largest businenss unit of the Queensland government-owned funds manager.
Henry Huang has been promoted to Director at property consultancy Knight Frank, based in Shanghai. Huang, who specialises in multinational firms setting up offices and expanding their presence in China, joined Knight Frank as a Senior Manager in 2011, and in 2015 he took the role of Associate Director within the agency’s Commercial Services Department, with responsibility for portfolio management of key accounts across the Greater China region. He started his career at Cushman & Wakefield.
Ratchaphum Jongpakdee has been promoted to Deputy Managing Director at Colliers International Thailand, based in Bangkok, after serving as General Manager at the real estate consultancy. Jongpakdee joined Colliers in 2013 and worked as a Director for over four years. His previous roles include senior manager on the valuation and research team of Knight Frank, and head of business development at Australia-based developer Challenge Property Group. He has also worked at JLL and Thailand’s Kiatnakin Bank, after obtaining an MBA at Mahanakorn University of Technology.
Haley Huang has moved to Colliers International to take the role of Assistant Manager, Capital Markets and Investment Services, leaving rival agency Savills where she worked on the Strategic Advisory Services team as an associate. Currently based in Shanghai, Huang also worked as an intern valuer at Albert So Surveyors in Hong Kong, where she received a master of science degree in real estate. She graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
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