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Colliers International appoints new EMEA Director of Talent Acquisition

Colliers International has hired Tom McNally as EMEA Director of Talent Acquisition, to build on the company’s successful People Transformation agenda, which the real estate advisor launched earlier this year to attract and retain the best talent across EMEA, sponsored by Chris McLernon EMEA CEO and lead by Mo Karim, EMEA Director of People Transformation.

Tom is a market-leading recruitment specialist with significant experience and strong insight into the real estate industry. He joins Colliers from CBRE, where for the past 3.5 years he has been instrumental in securing key hires for the business and was pivotal in achieving CBRE’s growth during that period. Prior to this role, Tom ran the property desks at leading recruitment agencies Investigo and Cobalt Recruitment, sourcing and placing talent for a plethora of positions at international real estate consultancies. 

Mo Karim commented, “One of our main priorities for 2018 was to develop a People Transformation agenda that was closely aligned to our commitment to double the size of our company by 2020. Coming from specialist property recruitment background, Tom has a thorough understanding of the current landscape and will ensure that we are able to push ahead with our vision for growth in a strategic and innovative manner and will act as a core member of the EMEA People Transformation Leadership Team.” 

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Chris McLernon

Chief Executive Officer | EMEA


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As Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Chris is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the business in the region. Bringing a depth of experience in building and growing businesses in mature and emerging markets, Chris has played an integral role in growing Colliers International into its current position as a top three global commercial real estate services provider.

Passionate about providing our clients with the highest level of service, Chris is committed to ensuring a seamless service experience across our complete range of services offered in the 43 countries in which we operate in the region.

In addition to his role as CEO in the EMEA, Chris is also a member of the global senior executive team that sets the vision and strategy for Colliers International.

Chris’ real estate career began in 1987 when he joined Colliers International as an office leasing advisor in Toronto. One of the most active top producers in Canada, he received awards for completing the most transactions in a single year in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

In 1994, Chris relocated to Mexico City to build the Latin America business. In his five years there, he was lead principal on four major acquisitions in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Columbia. In 1998, he was appointed CEO for the region.

In 1999, Chris moved to Miami, home to over 500 Latin American headquarters, to set up the regional corporate solutions team.

Chris returned to Toronto in 2002 and expanded his responsibility as CEO of EMEA, focusing on the growth of the emerging European markets and leading acquisitions in six countries in Southeast Europe, the UK, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands. In 2008, he moved to London where he set up the EMEA headquarters.

In 2012, Chris served as lead principal in the acquisition of the Colliers German affiliate, bringing five cities and 230 professionals into the fold.

In 2014, he was lead principal in the acquisition of the AOS Group, the premier occupier-focused business in Europe, in a deal that added to the company 430 professionals across 10 countries in multiple service lines.

Throughout his career, Chris has delivered exceptional service, fulfilling the real estate needs of major corporations such as Nortel Networks, Federal Express, Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Dun & Bradstreet, Ford Motor Land, Microsoft, Regus Business Centers and Silicon Graphics.

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