Brussels - Auderghem, Friday 20 May 2016 - Colliers International Belgium appoints Jean Vandezande as Director of the Real Estate Services (RES) department, which consists of Jeroen Govers, Nicolas Martin and Gwen Van Dyck. Jean Vandezande also remains responsible for Business Development.

Between 2004 and 2014 Jean Vandezande was General Manager of Knight Frank and Equity Partner from 2008 to 2014. In 2014 he came on board with AOS Studley, which was taken over by Colliers in October of the same year. He has been highly successful in his position here as Business Development Director.

Since the acquisition of AOS in October 2014 and the acquisition of IDB Asset & Property Management in July 2015, Colliers International continues to develop its activities through the following departments: Project Management, Work Space Strategy, Design & Build, Tenant & Owner, Representation and Corporate Real Estate. This is done by providing various services within their expertise in the real estate sector. The integration of these various services has commenced and is at the same time one of the most important pillars in the growth of Colliers International Belgium. This also meets the demand from the market. Colliers International Belgium offers its customers a wide range of services, including: Corporate, SME & SMI, Public Sector, Retail, Industries & Logistics.

Jean Vandezande describes his work at Colliers International Belgium as follows: “As a service-provision company we are evolving towards a model that is no longer as binary as in the past - owner versus tenant. The new way of working and the use of spaces will always include real estate as a foundation. It's fascinating that we are being given the opportunity to adapt ourselves and create a business relationship between parties who complement one another without necessarily opposing each other.”

Jean Vandezande also has this to say about his new challenge: "My responsibility for the RES department will enable us to make our mark in real estate services and develop it.” He adds: “I've been in the real estate market for 20 years and trend-setting, which is something very close to my heart, has always been an important differentiation factor in our market. In Belgium, after creating a legal framework for retirement homes, student accommodation, hotels and residences, I wouldn't exclude other transverse developments in RES in the future at Colliers International Belgium.' And he ends on a humorous note: “But no more details - that's the secret of being a trend-setter!”

Pierre Gilles Solvit, General Manager of Colliers International Belgium, explains his new responsibilities as follows: “Jean has experience and knowledge of the market. He has very dynamically proved that he has all the qualities needed to raise the RES department to a higher level and at the same time continue the integration of the various departments in Business Development. I’m delighted with this new development, which marks a new phase in the dynamic of Colliers International in Belgium.”

Colliers International (NASDAQ: CIGI; TSX: CIG) is a leading world player in the field of services in the real estate sector with more than 16,300 employees in more than 500 offices spread across 70 countries. Colliers International makes the difference not so much in what it does, but how it does it. Their corporate culture, based on entrepreneurship, motivates people to think differently. Colliers International shares great ideas and develops efficient solutions to accelerate the success of their clients. Colliers International is the choice of many companies, including the most innovative and successful in the world. 

Colliers International provides a full range of services in the real estate sector to residents, owners and investors in all sectors, all over the world. We avoid conflicting assignments between our clients and ensure the ultimate and impartial choice in the provision of services worldwide.

Colliers International Belgium offers the same services as Colliers International with the exception of real estate brokerage. It is one of the few Belgian companies in the service-providing real estate sector which meets the RICS* standards.

* RICS promotes and maintains the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, property development, construction and infrastructure.