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People: Andrea Rossi Named M&G CEO

Top-level changes at fund managers and developers lead Mingtiandi’s roundup of personnel moves this week as M&G appoints a new global chief executive and a pair of mainland property developers unveil new leaders for their boards. Also in the news, Hong Kong’s New World adds another third generation family member to its board while Colliers and C&W announce senior promotions.

Andrea Rossi M&G

M&G PLC last week named Andrea Rossi as its next chief executive, effective 10 October. Rossi, who will also serve as an executive director on the board of the UK investment manager, joins M&G after serving most recently as an advisor to Boston Consulting Group. That role followed a six year stint as chief executive of AXA Investment Managers. Rossi takes over the helm at M&G from John Foley, who is retiring after seven years leading the parent company of M&G Real Estate.

chen lang cofco

One of China’s largest commercial developers has chosen a new leader as Joy City Property Ltd on 30 September announced Chen Lang, 56, as its new chairman, effective from that same day. Chen, who was also named as a non-executive director on the company’s board, joins Joy City from its parent, state-run food processing giant COFCO, where he serves as an executive vice president. With previous experience with red chip conglomerate China Resources, Chen replaces You Wei as chairman, with You also leaving Joy City’s board.

Li Wenxiang China South City

Shenzhen-based developer China South City is growing closer to the government of its home town as the industrial specialist announced to the Hong Kong exchange on 21 September that it has named Li Wenxiong, party secretary and chairman of Shenzhen SEZ Construction and Development Group as its co-chairman and a non-executive director on its board. With effect from 23 September former chairman Cheng Chung Hing has been re-designated as co-chairman alongside Li.

Brian Cheng New World

Hong Kong’s New World Development added another third-generation family member to its board on 30 September, naming Brian Cheng Chi-ming as an executive director of the building giant. Now 40, Cheng is the younger brother of New World chief executive Adrian Cheng and son of chairman Henry Cheng. Brian Cheng will join the board on 1 December alongside a set of three female non-executive directors. Thomas Liang Cheung-biu, an independent non-executive director will retire from the board on 22 November, with Howard Yeung Ping-leung and Hamilton Ho Hau-hay leaving their independent non-executive seats from 1 December.

Caroline Fong Manulife US REIT

The manager of Manulife US Real Estate Investment Trust announced to the Singapore exchange on 30 September that it has promoted its chief investor relations and sustainability officer, Caroline Fong, now 45, to deputy chief executive officer with immediate effect. On that same day, the company said that Steven Blewitt, global head of private markets at Manulife Investment Management has been named interim chairman of its board. Blewitt, who is also now a non-executive director on the REIT manager’s board, is taking over from Hsieh Tsun-Yan who retired as chairman and non-executive director as of 1 October. The REIT manager says it is in the process of finalising the appointment of a permanent chair.

Vivek Dahiya, Managing Director, India Lead -- Data Centres, New Initiatives, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield said on 29 September that it has promoted Vivek Dahiya to head of its data centre advisory team for Asia Pacific, with immediate effect. Based in Gurgaon, Dahiya, has served as a managing director and India lead with the property consultancy’s data centre advisory team since January 2021 and will now be responsible for day-to-day operations and coordination with data centre clients.

Stanley Wong - ColliersColliers said on 27 September that it has named Thomas Chak and Stanley Wong (pictured) as co-heads of its Capital Markets and Investment Services division in Hong Kong. The move promotes two of the property consultancy’s most senior investment brokers to joint leadership of the team, with Wong having previously served as a senior executive director and Chak as an executive director.

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