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Colliers International announces new Corporate Industrial Advisory division

Colliers International has announced the appointment of Karel Stransky as the Head of its new Corporate Industrial Advisory division.

The new department consists of four senior real estate specialists who work alongside country experts and researchers across the EMEA region offering expert solutions to occupiers and institutional clients. The team will provide businesses with a better understanding of the market, its evolution and the underlying dynamics, taking into consideration adaptations of the local environment.

The Corporate Industrial Advisory division has developed a customised set of services tailored to the client and their needs including location consulting; site or building acquisition; benchmarking and restructuring; site, building or lease disposal; investment sale and leaseback; development advisory and project management and real estate property management.

Karel Stransky has over 25 years of experience in corporate real estate consulting, dealing with industrial planning, construction, development and transaction management for Pan-European clients such as Bridgestone, BP, Faurecia, Harman, Hollister. He previously established the Colliers Industrial Real Estate Services division based in the Czech Republic and lead the EMEA Industrial Practice Group.

Karel Stransky, Head of Corporate Industrial Advisory commented: “From selecting the country or site for the business location, enabling sites to run more profitably, through to the disposal of unused assets - our new department has the local market knowledge and expertise to address business challenges through the whole life cycle of a client’s real estate portfolio and beyond.

“Our division will represent a resource for companies when it is not economical for them to have their own internal experts dealing with geographical, geopolitical and real estate changes and risks. As a globally connected business, we will ensure consistent standards are achieved for each project while allowing for adaptations to local markets to achieve successful results to further exceed our client expectations going forward.”

“I am confident that Karel will have a significant impact on the future growth of the EMEA Corporate Industrial Advisory practice and will complement our existing team exceptionally well,” said Chris McLernon, CEO EMEA. “Karel has more than 25 years of international experience in the industry to draw upon and will be instrumental in developing our business and service offering internationally.”

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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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