In this week’s edition of Mingtiandi’s People in the News, Weave Co-Living hires a former JLL capital markets exec to drive the shared housing company’s expansion in Asia Pacific, less than a month after purchasing its fourth property in Hong Kong for HK$515 million ($66 million).
In other people moves around the region, CP Group has has brought on board a general manager to head up its commercial development arm in mainland China, and retail giant Carrefour has appointed an investment director for Central China, while there were new hires for WSP, Dwellworks and CBRE.
Shashank Narayan has been hired by Hong Kong-based Weave Co-Living as vice president of international investments after parting ways with JLL. In his new role, Narayan will be responsible for expanding the co-living provider’s portfolio of shared spaces to gateway cities across Asia Pacific. During his 12 and a half years at JLL, Narayan had served most recently in Hong Kong as a senior director of APAC alternative investments in the capital markets team from 2018 until this month and as the property consultancy firm’s national director for India between 2016 and 2018.
Aaron Li has been appointed as the general manager of Shanghai-based CP Commercial Development Group, the Chinese commercial real estate development arm of Bangkok-headquartered Charoen Pokphand Group. Li joins the company after departing from Cushman & Wakefield where he had served as a director in Beijing for two and a half years. Prior to that, the Dalian Nationalities University graduate had served as a director at CBRE in Beijing from 2011 to 2017 and as a manager at Colliers International between 2007 and 2011.
Mars Wang steps up to investment director for Central China at Carrefour in Changsha in his fifteenth year with the French retail giant, five months after Suning.com agreed to buy an 80 percent stake in Carrefour’s China unit for RMB 4.8 billion ($699 million). Wang has received his promotion after over ten years as the retailer’s expansion manager in China. Prior to that, the management graduate from Central South University had served as a division manager from 2005 until 2008.
Jeffrey Kwok has been promoted to the position of engineer at WSP’s Hong Kong office after two years as an assistant engineer with the civil engineering firm. Prior to his time at WSP, Kwok served as an assistant engineer at Wong and Ouyang (Building Services) in 2017 following an internship as an engineer with Link Consulting International. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University graduate had previously served as an assistant engineer with the same firm between 2013 and 2015.
John Chung has been hired by Dwellworks as a manager in the US-based commercial services company’s Hong Kong office after parting ways with JLL. Chung had served as an assistant manager at the property consultancy firm for one year following two and a half years as an officer. The graduate of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University had joined JLL in 2015 as an assistant officer, a position he held until his promotion in 2017.
Jiovi Nguyen has been hired as a real estate investment manager for FML Asset and Investment based in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Nguyen joined FML Asset and Investment after serving for ten and a half years as a real estate investment manager for Vietnamese real estate developers Capital House Group and the Hanoi-based An Khanh New City Development joint venture formed between Vinaconex and South Korea-based Posco E&C.
Sophearin Tep has been hired as a sales executive at CBRE in Phnom Penh after serving as a leasing executive with the property consultancy firm for seven months. Prior to joing CBRE, Tep had served as a sales executive at the Phnom Penh Era Hotel after a period as a sales and makrketing co-ordinator at the Garden City Hotel in Phnom Penh. The graduate of Cambodia’s National University of Management had also worked in the front office for Hongkong Land’s Phnom Penh team.
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