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Colliers Elevates Data Center Advisory Capabilities with Veteran Leader

Hire underscores firm’s commitment to deliver comprehensive advisory services

San Francisco, California - June 6, 2022 — Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers announced today that it has hired experienced data center professional Raul Saavedra as Executive Vice President and Head of Data Center Advisory for the Americas.

In his new role, Saavedra will lead the practice across the Americas, advising occupier and investor clients on everything from site selection to leasing, acquisition and disposition, and ranging from individual tenant representation assignments to portfolio sales.

“Attracting a high-caliber leader like Raul underscores our commitment to grow and evolve our advisory offerings,” said Colliers Global CEO of Occupier Services, Scott Nelson. “With Raul leading our data center advisory offering, I am confident we will further accelerate the success of our clients and our people.”

Saavedra brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience to Colliers, most recently as the Northern California Practice Lead for the Data Center Solutions Group and a Co-Chair for the National Practice Group at JLL. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“Colliers’ enterprising culture and drive for outstanding outcomes for clients, positions us very well in the dynamic data center space,” Saavedra said. “I look forward to spearheading the company’s growth in the sector and collaborating with our many experts across the business.”

Michael Hochanadel, Managing Director, Head of Digital Real Estate at Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC, a Colliers Company that invests in data centers added: “I have had the pleasure of working with Raul in various capacities over the last 15 years. He has deep data center and real estate expertise and provides critical insight for his clients. I am excited for both Raul and Colliers.”

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Raul Saavedra

Executive Vice President, Data Center Advisory

San Francisco

Raul is considered a market leader in the data center sector. He leads Colliers Americas data center  advisory practice and is based in San Francisco. Prior to his time at Colliers he was the Northern California Data Center practice lead for JLL and  a Co-Chair for the Data Center Practice Group. Before that he was a Senior Asset Manager for Digital Realty, a leading publicly traded international data center firm, where he ran a portfolio over 30+ properties and had profit and loss responsiblity. 

Raul is a data center transactional specialist but also focuses time on capital markets in the sector. He has extensive site selection, JV, acquistion, dispositon and financing experience. 

He has completed over 300MW of transactions. 

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