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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, Real Estate Services | Global


As Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Services | Global, Chris takes responsibility for client relationships, operational excellence, and overall growth within Colliers’ rapidly growing real estate services across 62 countries. He oversees Colliers’ Capital Markets, Leasing and Outsourcing & Advisory businesses globally, with emphasis on accelerating growth, enhancing global collaboration, and strengthening our unique culture and way of doing business.  

Bringing a depth of experience in building and growing businesses in mature and emerging markets, Chris has played an integral role in growing Colliers into its current position. Previously the Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Chris provided strategic direction for the region, ensuring a seamless service experience for clients across our complete range of services, and grew its revenues 20-fold. He oversaw more than 30 acquisitions including Colliers UK, Colliers Germany, Colliers Italy, Antirion, IREA, Sadline & Albaek, Ovenia and The AOS Group from France. Earlier, he built and led Colliers’ Latin America business and was one of the top producers in Canada when he joined Colliers in 1987 as an office leasing advisor in Toronto.

Throughout his career, Chris has delivered exceptional service, fulfilling the real estate needs of major corporations such as Nortel, FedEx, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Dun & Bradstreet, Ford Motor Land, and Microsoft.

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