Knight Frank, the leading independent global property consultancy, is pleased to announce four Executive Director promotions in recognition of their leadership and contribution. It is also an important step in supporting Knight Frank’s growing strategies.
The promotions are as follow:
• Adam Lee has been promoted to Executive Director, Head of Land Advisory Services
• Patrick Mak has been promoted to Executive Director and General Manager, Head of Kowloon Office Services
• Ross Criddle has been promoted to Executive Director, Head of Global Corporate Services and Hong Kong Office Services
• Thomas Lam has been promoted to Executive Director, Head of Valuation and Advisory
Adam Lee has been promoted to Executive Director, Head of Land Advisory Services. Adam leads the Land Advisory Services team which offers a wide range of land consultancy services. Since joining us in 2001, Adam has helped the team grow from strength to strength, and built an excellent track record with a market-leading reputation in particular for handling complex land development assignments. Most recently, Adam has worked on many high-profile projects including the land premium negotiation for CLP Group, and the land grant application for West Kowloon Cultural District.
Patrick Mak has been promoted to Executive Director and General Manager, Head of Kowloon Office Services. With over 18 years’ experience, Patrick leads our Kowloon Office Services team in formulating real estate strategies for occupiers and landlords. Since joining Knight Frank in mid-2016, Patrick has successfully grown the department with significant market presence and an impressive track record, with a primary focus on tenant representation. Some recent successes include Canon's relocation to China Life Centre, and Lidl's expansion in ICC and Ever Gain Plaza. Under Patrick's leadership, our Kowloon Office Services team continues to develop to provide more comprehensive and professional real estate services to the market.
Ross Criddle has been promoted to Executive Director, Head of Global Corporate Services and Hong Kong Office Services. Ross has over 18 years’ commercial real estate experience with a focus on account & transaction management and office leasing. In the past few years, Ross has amassed an enviable account & transaction management portfolio, and also substantially grown our Hong Kong Office Services team. Ross has been involved in over 300 leasing transactions, and his impressive track record includes the Hong Kong headquarters for L’Oréal in a consolidation of 3 premises into a single location in 2017.
Thomas Lam has been promoted to Executive Director, Head of Valuation and Advisory. Thomas leads our Valuation and Advisory department in Hong Kong. In addition, he is the Head of Valuation and Advisory for Knight Frank in the Asia Pacific region. In the past few years, Thomas has consistently achieved remarkable top line and bottom line growth in our Valuation and Advisory practice in Hong Kong. He names 30% of entities in the Hang Seng Property Index as his clients, and is a panel valuer to 90% of Hong Kong Incorporated licensed banks. Thomas first joined Knight Frank in 2011 as Head of Research & Consultancy in Greater China.
Piers Brunner, Chief Executive Officer, Knight Frank Greater China says “I am thrilled to announce these senior promotions across our growing business. Great vision without great people is irrelevant. We had a record profit-making year in Hong Kong in 2017 and we will continue to invest in our people and look internally for future leaders to broaden our senior management team. With the new individuals added to our senior management team, we are confident that they will keep the company on its growth trajectory and strengthen our position in the market.”
Alnwick Chan, Executive Director and Head of Valuation and Professional Services at Knight Frank says “I am delighted that we are able to develop talent within the company, and create opportunities for career progression. We believe that with Adam’s and Thomas's solid market knowledge, unrivalled track record and extensive experience on land development and valuations, our professional services will continue to lead the field with excellence.”
Paul Hart, Executive Director, Knight Frank Greater China and Head of Commercial says “There is high demand for quality offices with limited availability in the CBD. This is driving exceptional competition for pocket space and is forcing some tenants to consider decentralised options. Despite trade-related industries potentially being affected by the US-China trade war, the overall leasing demand in Kowloon remains strong and this trend will continue. We are confident that with Ross’s and Patrick’s wealth of experience and proven track record will be instrumental in growing our office service line.”