New leadership for one of Southeast Asia’s data centre pioneers takes the top spot in our roundup of real estate personnel moves from around the region this week, as Keppel Data Centres names a new chief investment officer.
Also making its way into our list of leadership changes is CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust, which names a pair of new members of its board, with Hong Kong’s Link REIT also appointing a new director and Allianz Real Estate is adding to its Japan team.
Keppel Data Centres has named a new chief investment officer for its fast-growing business, with former SC Capital Partners executive Hwee Long Loh joining the division of Singapore’s Keppel Corporation recently. Loh joins Keppel DC after just eight months with SCCPRE Hospitality REIT Management, a unit of SC Capital which earlier this year was in the running to take over management of Eagle Hospitality Trust. The National University of Singapore graduate also has previous experience with Ruyi Asset Management, Keppel Capital and Mapletree Investments, where he looked after the group’s student housing initiatives.
CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust has appointed recently retired Singtel executive Jeann Low as a non-executive, independent director, effective 16 August. Now 60, Low had served as group chief corporate officer with Singapore Telecommunications until April of this year. The chartered accountant is one of two new non-executive, independent directors joining CICT this month, with Stephen Lim, the founder of document management company SQL View, also taking up a board seat as of 16 August.
Hong Kong’s Link REIT announced this past week that Jenny Gu Jialin has been appointed as an independent, non-executive director on its board from 17 August. Now 52, the chartered certified accountant is currently chief executive for China for luxury conglomerate Richemont. The Fudan University graduate has also held leadership positions with PPG Consulting, TPG Capital and Nike, according to an announcement by the Hong Kong-listed real estate investment trust.
Allianz Real Estate has hired Kunihiko Amino as head of asset management, according to a recent company notice. Amino joins the property investment division of Allianz Insurance this month after more than eight years with Touchstone Capital Management in Tokyo, including spending the last two and half years as head of asset management with the Japanese real estate specialist. Amino’s hire comes as Allianz continues to add to its assets under management in Japan, including having purchased another $90 million in Japanese apartments in March of this year.
Calvin Lim has joined AIMS APAC REIT in Singapore as assistant vice president for property services with the Singapore-listed real estate investment trust. Lim has taken up his new duties with the trust managed by Australia’s AIMS Fund Management after more than four years with Colliers International in Singapore where he had served as head of asset management. The National University of Singapore graduate also has previous experience with United World College, Savills and Knight Frank.
JLL has stepped up its services to industrial real estate occupiers in Hong Kong and the mainland as it names Seaky Qian as head of supply chain and logistics solutions for Greater China, according to an announcement this past week. Based in Shanghai, Qian will lead the company’s supply chain and logistics consulting services in the region. Qian joins JLL after more than 16 years in Greater China’s logistics industry, including stints at UPS, DHL, APL Logistics, Kuehne & Nagel and Jacobson Global Logistics.
Andrew Melvyn Sim is now senior credit risk manager for global real estate at Singapore’s OCBC, according to a LinkedIn update. Sim shifts to his new role with the bank’s credit risk management division after fourteen years with the Singapore institution, where he had previously served as managing director and business head for the regional real estate division of its global corporate banking unit.
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