Top level moves in Hong Kong and Singapore lead this week’s collection of personnel changes around the region, including a new boss at Champion REIT and a former Keppel REIT chief resurfacing at competitor CapitaLand.
We also have a leadership transition at mainland warehouse platform China Logistic Properties, a fresh promotion at developer Swire Properties and changes at brokerages in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Champion REIT announced on 4 February that it has appointed former Wharf China Estates executive Christina Hau as its new chief executive officer, effective that same day. Hau takes the top spot at the Hong Kong-listed trust sponsored by developer Great Eagle Holdings around three months after the departure of former CEO Ada Wong who joined EC Healthcare as chief strategy officer in October of last year. Before joining Champion REIT, Hau had spent nearly 10 years at Wharf, where she served most recently as assistant director and general manager for retail leasing and operations, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Former Keppel REIT chief executive Paul Tham has been named deputy group chief financial officer at CapitaLand in Singapore, according to a LinkedIn update. Tham takes on his new role with the Temasek Holdings-backed real estate giant after first joining the group in December as managing director for capital partnerships and development. Before his departure last year, Tham had spent seven years at Keppel Corporation and its real estate investment businesses and also has prior experience at Bain & Company.
JD Property CEO Hu Wei has been named chief executive of China Logistics Property Holdings, according to an announcement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on 28 January. The top real estate executive with China’s JD.com is taking the reins of China Logistics Property from founder Li Shifa, who is stepping down following the completion of JD’s $513 million buyout of his warehouse development platform.
Savills Singapore has promoted Hui Yee Yap to senior director for investment sales and capital markets, according to a LinkedIn update. Yap takes her step up after more than two years as a director with the same team, after joining Savills in 2019 from CBRE, along with co-workers Jeremy Lake and Galven Tan, where she had worked on deals including the S$980 million ($728 million) collective sale of the Pacific Mansion complex in District 9 in 2018.
Knight Frank Malaysia has appointed Amy Wong as its new executive director of research and consultancy, the company said in a statement before the lunar new year break. Wong will be working alongside fellow executive director for research and consultancy Judy Ong, the company said, after joining Knight Frank from competitor Savills, where she had led the firm’s research and consultancy division.
Fioni Cheung has been named Owner’s Representative with the hotel division of Swire Properties in mainland China, according to a LinkedIn update. Cheung took on her new role in Shanghai this year after just one year as a manager in charge of customer relationship strategy with the retail division of the blue chip Hong Kong developer in its home city. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate has now been with Swire Group since 2012.
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