KNIGHT Frank Australia has appointed Lendlease’s former boss Rod Leaver as the firm’s new CEO, replacing Stephen Ellis, who will retire on 30 June.
Leaver will start on 6 May reporting to Asia Pacific managing director Kevin Coppel.
Since returning to Australia in 2016, Leaver has been advising groups on real estate strategy, portfolio governance and urban regeneration projects.
Prior to that, he spent eight years at Lendlease, including as global head of investment management, CEO of Lendlease Australia and CEO of Lendlease Asia.
He spearheaded the strategy for Lendlease Asia, securing two major urban regeneration projects in Singapore and Malaysia totalling US$6 billion, and its first senior living development in China.
Knight Frank chairman Alistair Elliott paid tribute to Ellis.
“I would like to thank Stephen Ellis for his contribution to the partnership over the past nine years. His energy and enthusiasm have been central to the success of the Australian business and we wish him well in his retirement.
“I would also like to welcome Rod, whose credentials are absolutely aligned with our desire to substantially grow the Australian business over the next few years,” he added.
Coppel said Leaver’s extensive experience makes him the perfect fit for this role.
“I’m confident that his emphasis on values-driven leadership, strategic planning and execution, and an uncompromising focus on sustainability and diversity will generate excellent results for the firm. I look forward to seeing the business further develop with Rod at the helm,” he said.
Leaver said, “the focus on delivering outstanding client service by providing the best professional advice together with developing outstanding talent accords very much with my own approach to business. As a partnership, Knight Frank encourages a sense of entrepreneurship amongst its people while also taking a long-term perspective. I am very much looking forward to starting in May.”
Australian Property Journal