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Chris McLernon to lead global real estate services reporting to Jay Hennick

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Davoud Amel-Azizpour named CEO of EMEA Region

TORONTO, CANADA, April 25 2022 – Leading global professional services and investment management firm Colliers today announced the appointment of Chris McLernon as Chief Executive Officer of Real Estate Services| Global. McLernon will be based in the firm’s global headquarters in Toronto, reporting to Global Chairman & CEO Jay Hennick. Davoud Amel-Azizpour, currently Chief Financial Officer of EMEA, will succeed McLernon as CEO of the EMEA region. Both appointments, which are effective July 1, 2022, reinforce Colliers’ continued leadership in the industry and commitment to accelerate the success of its people and clients.

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   Chris McLernon       

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  Davoud Amel-Azizpour

McLernon will focus on overall growth, operational excellence, and client relationships within Colliers’ rapidly growing real estate services operations. He will have direct oversight of 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.

McLernon brings a wealth of experience growing Colliers’ businesses and has played an important role in building the Colliers brand into the leading global player it is today. Since joining the company in 1987, his enterprising spirit earned him increasingly senior positions culminating in his role of CEO of EMEA.

“Chris’ appointment reflects the success of his longstanding career with Colliers. Over the past 14 years as EMEA’s leader, Chris was instrumental in growing the region from $30 million to over $700 million in revenues while delivering exceptional client results, creating a great culture for our professionals, and driving operational excellence. With Chris’ experience, commitment, and track record as a leader, we are even better positioned to achieve our ambitious 2025 growth plan,” said Hennick.

Amel-Azizpour has extensive real estate experience, having worked closely with McLernon over the past nine years at Colliers, most recently as the CFO of EMEA. Amel-Azizpour is a trusted partner within the broader regional leadership team, with both the intimate knowledge of EMEA’s operations and strategic vision to advance Colliers’ position.

“Dav’s well-established reputation, deep understanding of our EMEA business, and his embodiment of Colliers’ unique culture makes him a natural fit to succeed Chris. I am confident he will excel in his new role and continue to drive growth and profitability throughout our EMEA business during this dynamic time,” continued Hennick. “Chris and Dav are both strategic, results-oriented leaders whose contributions to Colliers over many years make them ideal candidates to fulfill their new roles. I am extremely proud of both and excited to watch as they continue enhance the scale and reputation of our company in the years to come,” he concluded. 


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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.

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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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·       The acquisition of Colliers Italy. Previously an affiliated full-service commercial real estate firm, and Antirion SGR S.p.A., one of the largest real estate investment management firms in Italy. Read more here

·       The expansion of Colliers’ Iberian Peninsula offering with the opening of a Portuguese office in Lisbon. Read more here

·       The strategic partnership agreement with Paragon, one of the UK’s largest independent building and project consultancies. Read more here

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