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Colliers' responding to COVID-19

Colliers International in EMEA is closely monitoring developments as the escalation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to dominate world news. We are responding to new information and adjusting our approach, as necessary, as the situation evolves.

During this time, our primary focus is the health and wellbeing of our employees, clients, and the communities in which we operate. In addition to following guidance from World Health Organisation and local governments and health authorities, we are taking several precautionary measures to protect our employees and clients while also maintaining business continuity through dedicated teams and robust processes: 

Following Government advice we are encouraging employees to work remotely and instructing any staff who feel ill to avoid coming to the office.
We are reinforcing the importance of good office hygiene and have made additional sanitization resources available throughout our offices.
We have implemented new policies regarding business and personal travel, events and meetings, which we will continue to review and align with the latest guidance from local health authorities.

We have increased the intervals at which our offices are cleaned. We also have protocols in place to close and sanitize specific office locations according to health authority guidelines, if required.  

We recognise these are challenging circumstances for our employees, clients and their families and we want you to know that we are working with other organisations and Colliers’ colleagues across the globe, sharing best practices and resources to ensure our clients continue to a receive a high-level of service and support.

As always we are Doing what's right for our clients, people and communities.

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Chris McLernon

Chief Executive Officer | EMEA

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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