People moves: ALE Property, Savills, Knight Frank

Andrew Wilkinson
Andrew Wilkinson (image: ALE Property/Twitter)

ALE Property Group CEO Andrew Wilkinson resigns; Pan Pacific Hotels Group taps Choe Peng Sum for CEO; Colliers promotes Scott Nelson; CBRE hires David Keenan; Savills adds Michael Silvester, David Howson and Eugene Reyneke to its Australian team; and Sarah Harding and Kymbal Dunne join Knight Frank.

ALE Property Group CEO and managing director Andrew Wilkinson has announced his resignation from the Australian hospitality property company after 16 years at the business. Wilkinson will remain in the role until the 2018 rent determinations and a new CEO is appointed. The CEO grew the company’s market capitalisation from $91m to more than $1bn during his tenure, delivering a total return of about 20% annually.

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has named Choe Peng Sum as its new CEO, bringing more than three decades of experience in the hotel industry. Choe was the former CEO of Frasers Hospitality International and was most recently a senior advisor for Frasers Property. He will start in the new role in September this year.

Savills Australia has made numerous appointment across its project management, valuation and leasing divisions. The company named Michael Silvester as national director–valuation best practice and will be based out of the Melbourne office. David Howson joins the firm from Knight Frank as state director to lead the office leasing division in Queensland. The company also hired Eugene Reyneke as a project director in its project management team in Brisbane.

CBRE Australia has hired David Keenan for a new national role as director – science and research, strengthening its project management platform. Prior to joining, Keenan held a national role for a major global design group as principal and national director of education, science and technology. The new hire will focus on driving new business opportunities through his strong networks in the science, research and university sectors.

Knight Frank has launched a new private office business in Australia, appointing joint national partners Sarah Harding and Kymbal Dunne to lead the team. The Sydney-based team will offer a fully-integrated residential and commercial real estate advisory business for high-net-worth clients.

Colliers has promoted Scott Nelson to CEO, occupier services | global, after growing the company’s US business. Nelson, who joined the company in 2009, will focus on driving greater consistency and enabling better service to our clients, while significantly growing the number of multi-market transaction and project engagements globally. He was previously president, occupier services | Americas.

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