Asia Real Estate People in the News 2022-11-21

Asia Real Estate People in the News 2022-11-21

A change in chairman at a mainland China property management firm leads this week’s roundup of human resources shifts here on Mingtiandi, with a new tech focused partnership in Hong Kong also making the list. Other moves include a director stepping down at Chuang’s China Investments and a structured finance specialist finding a new corporate home in Hong Kong.

Zhou Wenbin Huafa

Huafa Property Services said in an announcement to the Hong Kong exchange on 18 November that it has appointed Zhou Wenbin as its new chairman with effect from that day. Now 54, Zhou has been with the company since 2013 and had already been serving as an executive director and chief executive of the company, as well as serving as an executive director of its affiliate, Huafa Property. Zhou takes over the chairman role at the property services division of Zhuhai Huafa Group from Li Guangning, who has stepped down but will continue to serve as an executive director on the board.

Ariel Shtarkman

Ariel Shtarkman has joined Hong Kong venture capital firm Undivided Ventures as a partner, according to a company announcement. Shtarkman, is joining Undivided Ventures, which focuses on early stage investments in company’s helping to create a more sustainable future for Asia’s built environment, where she will work alongside Alexander Bent, managing partner and co-founder of boutique developer District 15. Bent is also founder and managing partner of Undivided, with University of Cambridge instructor Tim Forman also a partner and founder in the firm.

Neville Charles Kotewall

Chuang’s China Investments Ltd announced to the Hong Kong stock exchange on 18 November that Neville Charles Kotewall has resigned as an executive director of the company with effect from that day, in order to devote more time to other pursuits. Kotewall, who is married to Chuang’s Consortium International executive director Candy Chuang Kotewall and is the brother-in-law of Chuang’s China chairman, Albert Chuang Ka Pun, had been on the company board since 2019.

Felix Chan Orix

Felix Chan has joined ORIX Asia Capital in Hong Kong as a vice president responsible for structured finance and real estate investment, according to a update. Chan joins the Hong Kong-based unit of the Japanese financial services firm after more than two years with China’s Haitong International Securities Group in the city, where he had worked as a senior vice president for real estate investment. The University of Toronto graduate also has previous experience with Link REIT and Phoenix Property Investors.

Fred Fitzalan Howard

Fred Fitzalan Howard has relocated to Singapore with Knight Frank where he now serves as Asia Pacific data centre lead for the property consultancy. Howard’s new role gives him the title of associate director just over three years after he joined Knight Frank in London, where he focused on data centre capital markets and development, after achieving his masters of science in real estate from the Bayes Business School at City, University of London.

Doris Luo

Doris Luo has been promoted to director of real estate with CloudKitchens in Chengdu, China, where she now focuses on repurposing distressed commercial real estate for use as remote kitchen space across China, according to a LinkedIn update. Her new role expands her territory from its previous scope covering western and southern China and comes three years after she joined CloudKitchens. Luo also has previous experience with MICM Real Estate in Melbourne, Australia, and with Colliers in Chengdu.

If you know of other Asia real estate professionals changing their jobs, getting promoted or just doing something exciting, please contact us here at Mingtiandi.

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