An ailing mainland developer leads this week’s set of personnel moves from around Asia, as a new chairman takes over at both Zhenro Properties and its property management affiliate. Also, announcing leadership changes are China Aoyuan, JLL, PropertyGuru and Mitsui’s Japan Logistics Fund REIT.
Zhenro Properties Group announced to the Hong Kong exchange on 20 January that Liu Weiliang has been appointed chairman of the troubled mainland developer from that same day. Now 38, Liu has been with Zhenro since 2016, and is stepping into the top role as the builder’s founding chairman, Huang Xianzhi has resigned. Previously vice chairman at both Zhenro Properties and its Zhenro Services division, Liu also took over the chairman role at Zhenro Services from that same day.
China Aoyuan Group told the Hong Kong exchange on 20 January that William Tsui King Fai has resigned from his role as an independent, non-executive director of the Guangdong-based developer as of that day. Now 72, Tsui is retiring after having served on Aoyuan’s board since 2007, with the veteran accountant also holding director roles at a number of other Hong Kong-listed firms. Having fallen below the HKEX requirement of three independent directors, Aoyuan said it is now seeking a replacement for Tsui.
JLL said on 17 January that it has promoted Anny Zhang to senior managing director of its China leasing business, based in Shanghai. The new role, which puts Zhang in charge of JLL’s leasing work across the office, industrial and retail sectors, is in addition to her role as managing director of the company’s eastern China business. Zhang originally joined JLL’s leasing team in 2007, where she focused on the office sector.
In another personnel upgrade, JLL announced on 16 January that it has hired Kan Chan as head of architecture for its project and development services (PDS) division for Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, effective from this month. Chan, who also serves as design director with Aravia Design in Hong Kong, according to his LinkedIn profile, has been at Aravia since 2015, and formerly served as project and designer director with Elements Design Workshop, which operates in Uganga, Rwanda, Dubai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
On 17 January, PropertyGuru Group announced that it has appointed Disha Goenka Das as its chief marketing officer. In addition to overseeing brand strategy and corporate communications for the Singapore-based startup, Das is charged with leading its environmental, social and governance efforts as wells. Before joining PropertyGuru, Das served as senior global director of marketing at Twitter and also has previous experience at Google.
Japan Logistics Fund announced on 19 January that Kazuaki Kanno has been promoted to managing director of the asset management department of its manager, effective from 1 February. Kanno is taking the step up from vice president with the asset management department of the Mitsui-sponsored trust as Satoshi Kikkawa, formerly chief investment officer, as well as managing director of both the investment department and the asset management division, hands over his asset management responsibilities.
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