Back to work after holidays for Easter and the Tomb Sweeping festival, Asia’s real estate community is on the move again this week with Hong Kong-listed ESR naming a new director from one of its largest shareholders, and Hong Kong’s most highly valued developer saying goodbye to a director who has worked for the company since 1962.
David Matheson, who leads Asia Pacific operations for Canada’s Oxford Properties, has joined the board of logistics developer and fund manager ESR Cayman, according to an announcement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. Matheson was appointed to the board as a non-executive director with effect from 30 March for a term of three years. Oxford is a division of Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) the pension fund manager which took a cornerstone stake in ESR’s 2019 IPO on the HKEX.
Now 91, Kwong Chun has resigned from his position as an executive director of Sun Hung Kai Properties due to his advanced age, according to an announcement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. Kwong is the younger brother of Kwong Siu-hing, the mother of SHK chairman Raymond Kwok. Kwong has been with the Hong Kong developer and its affiliates since shortly after he emigrated to Hong Kong from Guangzhou in 1962. A director of the company since 1992, the Wuhan native worked for the Guangzhou office of the People’s Bank of China before moving to Hong Kong.
Natalie Wong has been promoted to senior director with the valuation and advisory team at Knight Frank Greater China, based in Hong Kong, according to an update to her LinkedIn profile. Wong was bumped up to her new title after more than three years as a director with the real estate consultancy, after first joining Knight Frank in 2014 as an associate director looking after property valuations and providing development consultancy services.
Murphy Mok has joined Rykadan Capital in Hong Kong as an assistant vice president, according to an update to his LinkedIn page. Mok, who previously spent two years with rival investment management firm Paladin Capital Management in the city, will be part of Rykadan’s team focusing on Hong Kong and overseas real estate investments, where he will source and evaluate potential opportunities in Hong Kong, the UK, North America and Japan.
Shobhit Choubey has been promoted to managing director and APAC lead for CBRE’s Host division in the company’s Singapore office. As lead for Host, a service line dedicated to increasing individual well-being, personal productivity and empowerment with the help of a mobile app and a web portal, Choubey is tasked with building a team, a strategy and sales for the people services and advisory-led platform which the company is aiming at occupiers and investors.
Karie Kwan has joined Marriott International in Hong Kong as director for planning and services in Asia Pacific, according to a LinkedIn update. Kwan signed up with the hotel chain after nearly seven years with CBRE, where she worked most recently as business operations director with the research team looking after both Asia Pacific and the Europe. Middle East and Africa regions. Kwan also has previous experience with ANREV and Grosvenor Group.
Kitty Zhang has stepped up to manager with the industrial services team at Colliers International in Hong Kong, taking on her new role after two years as an assistant manager with the same team at the property consultancy. The graduate of Shandong Jianshu University in mainland China has been with Colliers in Hong Kong since 2017 after previously working with China Overseas Property Group in Jinan.
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