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Michelle Mason appointed as Chief People Officer, EMEA

Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers has announced that Michelle Mason has been appointed as Chief People Officer (CPO) in EMEA, effective immediately. She leads the strategic people function, partnering with the leadership and people teams across the region’s 41 countries to evolve the people strategy and operations and enable greater performance.

Reporting to Chris McLernon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in EMEA, Michelle joins Colliers from global built environment consultancy, AECOM, where she was HR Director for the International Business Division and a member of the Executive leadership team. Michelle brings a breadth of expertise from her 20 years experience, including key people and HR roles at DLA Piper, Barclays Bank and Reed Smith across Europe, Middle East and APAC, and will enhance Colliers expert leadership team to deliver excellence in engaging and enabling the company’s 4,000 staff across EMEA.

Our most valuable assets are our people. We strive to develop industry leaders who deliver exceptional results. Michelle’s appointment will expedite our commitment to invest in the success of our people. Her exceptional track record of directing business performance across diverse and matrixed global organisations through the design and delivery of effective people strategies will further enable our people to perform at their best to deliver our enterprising solutions and outstanding client service,” said McLernon.

“I am delighted to join Colliers in EMEA in this vital role as we continue to grow and enhance our world class workplace and culture for our people. I look forward to working with Chris, the leadership team and our business across EMEA to enhance the people function and performance of our experts the programs through industry leading talent development and engagement initiatives. My passion and experience of talent management, leadership development, culture and employee engagement will be key in this new and exciting role,” said Mason.

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