CHARTER Hall managing director and CEO David Harrison has been elected as the new national president of the Property Council of Australia.
Harrison will take over from JLL Australia and New Zealand CEO Stephen Conry, who concluded his two-year term.
At the same time, GPT CEO Bob Johnston and Brookfield real estate managing partner Sophie Fallman were elected as national vice-presidents. The 20-member board now also features a 50:50 gender balance for the first time in its history.
Harrison said he was honoured to take on the role at a critical time for Australia’s biggest industry.
“It has been a tough year for the property sector, but we should be proud of the major role the industry has played in Australia’s response to the COVID pandemic,” Harrison said. “Property has done much of the heavy lifting to pull our economy out of recession and stands ready to achieve even better results over the long term with a continuation of positive policy settings,”
“With property employing 1.48 million Australians, and contributing $234.7 billion to our economy, the health of our industry needs to be front of mind for all levels of government,” he concluded.