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Colliers International Announces Leadership Succession in MENA

Ian Albert appointed CEO to lead the firm’s affiliate offices in the MENA region

Dubai, UAE, 3 May 2020 – Colliers International, a leading real estate professional services and investment management company, announced today that Ian Albert will succeed John Davis as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its affiliate offices in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region effective 3 May 2020. John Davis is to retire after more than 20 years of service at Colliers.

“John has demonstrated outstanding leadership over the past 20 years and I would like to thank him for his exemplary service. During his tenure he has driven significant growth and transformed our business in the MENA region. John was instrumental in establishing our presence in the region moving from one office in the UAE to six, becoming a Colliers EMEA board member and helping steer the business through several major economic cycles. We were fortunate to have someone with John’s experience to drive the growth in both geography and service lines,” said Chris McLernon, CEO | EMEA, Colliers International.

“I would also like to congratulate Ian on succeeding John. Strategic succession planning is key to ensuring continuity for our clients and our people. Ian has the right mix of experience and expertise to continue building on Colliers’ success to date and effect a truly seamless transition.”

Ian Albert has a track record of over 30 years in the real estate industry, the last 23 in the MENA region having held increasingly senior positions in both advisory companies and investment houses. For the last 12 years, he has led the Valuation and Advisory teams at Colliers in MENA.

“It will be a huge privilege to lead Colliers in the MENA region. We are a truly global company full of talented and innovative professionals,” Ian Albert added. “I’d also like to extend my gratitude to John for his remarkable leadership and wish him and his family a safe and healthy future.”

“After more than 30 years of working across various global real estate markets, retirement is going to be a big adjustment but one that I am looking forward to. I am proud of the growth we, as a team, have achieved over the years across the Middle East & North Africa region,” said John Davis. "Having worked closely with Ian since he joined Colliers nearly two decades ago, I’m confident that under his leadership, our businesses across the MENA region will continue to prosper.”