Leading global commercial real estate services firm Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) today announced the appointment of Olivier Gérard as CEO, France effective 05 November 2018. Gilles Betthaeuser the present CEO will become Chairman and return to a more client-facing role.  

Olivier Gérard brings over 30 years’ of leadership experience in French and international real estate and joins Colliers from CBRE where he was Managing Director of Transaction Services in France.  Prior to that he was with Cushman & Wakefield where he held the position of CEO for eight years and before that he spent six years at JLL leading Capital Markets in France.  

Attracting a major talent like Olivier to Colliers to lead our business in France is a major coup for us and an important step in continuing to recruit the best and brightest in the sector.  His excellent track record with local and international clients will be extremely valuable as we continue to strengthen and grow our business in France,” said Chris McLernon, Colliers’ CEO EMEA.  “Olivier and Gilles together embody our client-first focus and will be a great partnership to continue to drive the company’s growth objectives in France for the benefit of both our employees and our clients.”   

Olivier Gerard added: “I am excited to be joining the fastest growing global real estate services firm, especially given the entrepreneurial spirt of the business. Colliers provides clients with the best possible service in the industry, and I, together with Gilles and our local management team, am committed to continuing to build our business and provide the best possible service in the industry.