SINGAPORE, 21 January 2019 – Colliers International (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI), a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced today that it has appointed Rick Thomas as the Head of Occupier Services in Singapore with immediate effect. In his new role, Mr. Thomas will report to Colliers’ Managing Director Tang Wei Leng.

With over 12 years of experience with the firm in commercial real estate roles, Mr. Thomas was most recently the Executive Director of Corporate Solutions for Asia Pacific, focusing on servicing the real estate needs of large multinational corporations across the region. 

Mr. Thomas, a seasoned real estate industry professional, joined Colliers in 2006 as a Senior Manager of Corporate Solutions and progressively rose through the ranks, holding senior positions over the span of his career with the firm. Under his leadership, the Corporate Solutions team in Asia Pacific has made strides in growing the business’ regional footprint and expanding the range of services offered to corporate clients.

As the Head of Occupier Services in Singapore – a newly-created role – Mr. Thomas is tasked with driving greater synergy and better integration between the occupier services lines of Office Services, Industrial Services and Project Management.

Ms. Tang Wei Leng (邓慧玲), Managing Director of Colliers International, said, “Every business has real estate requirements and increasingly, we have observed that our clients’ needs span across different geographical regions and sectors. Hence, an integrated occupier services platform will better connect and serve our clients, offering greater operational efficiency and higher productivity, as well as enhanced solutions and seamless service delivery.  Rick’s appointment is a reflection of the deep bench strength and high-performance culture at Colliers where we offer opportunities to staff to upgrade their capabilities and take on leadership roles.”

Mr. Thomas, said, “I am excited with this opportunity to progress and further develop my career with Colliers.  Occupiers’ needs are continuously evolving with technology, macroeconomy changes and geopolitical conditions.  We have to be able to assess potential challenges and opportunities to better advise our clients on their business space needs. With an integrated platform, I will have a better visibility of the key occupier markets of office and industrial property segments, bringing the teams together to help our clients expand, relocate, rationalise and better utilise their real estate. In addition, I am looking to further boost the staff strength within the occupier services lines as we seek more talent to help grow our business.”