Asia Executive Committee
Our Asia executive committee ensures we have a cohesive and integrated management structure and approach, allowing us to capture and cascade best practices across our Asia network.
Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific
Effective 1st July 2016, he has been appointed as Executive Chairman, Asia Pacific, delegating the Asia Pacific CEO role to his successor.
Robert McKellar was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Savills Asia Pacific, in March 2005 responsible for overseeing Savills’ regional operations comprising some 25,000 staff in every major city across nine countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.
McKellar joined Savills in December 1988 as Financial Controller and then Managing & Finance Director for Savills Commercial Limited., before being appointed as Finance Director for Savills plc in July 2000.
In September 1986, McKellar joined BP Minerals Ltd. as Regional Controller and left at the end of 1988. During this time he spent six months working in Brazil. Prior to working for BP, McKellar worked for three years with Babcock Power in London, and before then for two years with the British Steel Corporation in Scotland.
A Glasgow University Business Finance graduate, McKellar qualified in the UK with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in February 1986. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the FCMA.
CEO of Savills Asia Pacific (ex Greater China)
Christian Mancini was appointed CEO of Savills Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) and Group Executive Board on 1 July 2016. Prior to the appointment, he served as the CEO of Savills Northeast Asia from 2012. He oversees Asia Pacific excluding Greater China and is responsible for the development of the Group’s strategic goals within Asia Pacific. Chris continues to serve as the Representative Director and operational head of Savills Japan, and remains actively involved in investment advisory, asset management and client relations with the firm’s multinational and domestic client base.
He established the Savills Japan Investment and Valuation Division in 2005 and has been responsible for the ongoing development of the team. He was made CEO of Savills Japan in 2007 and since then has greatly increased the firm’s profitability. Mancini also serves as non-executive director in Savills Asset Advisory, the wholly-owned asset management subsidiary of Savills Japan Co, Ltd created in May 2012, with over US$2 billion of assets under management.
Prior to joining Savills, Chris was a Vice President in Portfolio Management at GMAC Commercial Mortgage Japan, and before that worked with RTKL Associates (now CallisonRTKL), and in the development department of Takenaka Corporation, one of Japan’s leading general contractors. He has spent his entire professional life in Japan, arriving in 1994 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from Bradley University.
CEO, Greater China
Raymond Lee is CEO of Savills Greater China and is responsible for the overall operations and business expansion of Savills in the Greater China area. Raymond is a member of the Asia Board and was appointed to the Group Executive Board (GEB) which is responsible for formulating strategies for the Savills Group globally since 2011.
Raymond joined Savills in 1989 and was directly responsible for major sole-sales agency projects, providing both marketing and consultancy advice.
Under his leadership and active involvement, the Investment Department has become a dominant market leader in recent years in Hong Kong, with sales amounting to HK$12.4 billion in 2014 and over HK$20 billion in 2015. Savills also leads the field in major transactions of at least HK$1 billion, with more than a 60% share in the first half of 2016. Major transactions include the sale of Ho Tung Garden on the Peak for the sum of HK$5.1 billion and the sale of One HarbourGate (OHG) (West and East Towers) with a total consideration of HK$10.35 billion. Both the Ho Tung and the OHG deals broke records for private residential sales transactions in Hong Kong and en-bloc office tower purchases in Kowloon respectively. The OHG deal was successfully concluded within only eight months, West Tower in November 2015 and East Tower in July 2016.
The Investment Department works for mortgagees, receivers and the courts, as well as private owners, developers and investors. Property disposal services include private treaty sales, tenders (public or private) and public auctions. Comprehensive market coverage and a dominant market share allow the team to gain detailed insights and access to investment analyses on market trends.
Raymond was honoured with the Real Estate Investment Award from RFP Magazine’s Outstanding Individuals in Asia on 13 October 2011.
Raymond graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a degree in Business Studies. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and holds an honorary fellowship at the Quangxi Academy of Social Science. In 2012, he was appointed a member of the Guangdong Province Zhuhai Municipal Committee (CPPCC), and was invited to be a subcommittee member (2012-2017) of the Shatin Clubhouse by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in the same year. In 2013, Raymond was promoted to a Mobilisation Officer (KE) of the Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) and appointed Vice Chairman of the AMS Officers’ Club. In addition, Raymond became a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in June 2016.
CEO South East Asia
Having arrived in Asia in 1990, Chris has lived in both Hong Kong and Singapore and covered most markets and disciplines in the Asia Pacific Region. Presently as CEO for South East Asia, Chris oversees the firm's activity and expansion plans in the region, in addition to overseeing the firm's leasing business in Hong Kong.
Alongside his operational responsibilities he sits on the Asia Pacific Executive Committee which determines strategic direction for the business in the region. During his time he has played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Singapore operations in 1995, and subsequently restructured the business in 2004. In addition, he has been involved in, and led, numerous corporate acquisitions and strategic relationships for the group.
Chris has acted for many investors, developers, occupiers and end users in many aspects of their real estate needs. Specialties include advising major occupiers on strategic premises issues, negotiation tactics and the execution of such plans in the Asia-Pacific region.
CEO - Australia & New Zealand
Paul Craig was appointed CEO of Savills Australia & New Zealand in early 2016; responsible for overseeing Savills multi-disciplinary capability, from strategic advice and transacting deals to managing assets and projects, across all commercial and residential sectors.
Previously, Paul was Managing Director of the Savills WA and International Investments businesses for Savills. Paul has also been head of Savills national transactions team and the Australian representative on the company’s regional and global investment teams. With more than 20 years’ experience in the property industry, Paul’s successful track record spans commercial, industrial, and retail transactions. With an emphasis on overseas, institutional, private equity and equity funds for inflows both into and out of Australia, since 2006 Paul has been directly involved in the sale of in excess of $4 billion worth of property.
Head & Managing Director of China
Head of China Investment & Sales
Albert Lau is Head & Managing Director of Savills China and he is responsible to manage performance throughout its 13 offices as well as oversee the development and implementation of strategies and policies within these cities.
Albert has been responsible for growing and developing the Savills China business, which now offers the full range of integrated property services to serve the needs of both local and international clients, including consultancy, sales, leasing, investment and management services of commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use development. Albert is also the Head of the China Investment & Sales Team and seated as a member of the Savills Asia and China Executive Board.
With over 18 years of real estate experience in China, Albert is a highly regarded professional in the industry with experience in mixed-use development, commercial & retail consultancy and property investment.
Prior to joining Savills, Albert was Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Shanghai operation. He was responsible for its China business development and management from 1994 to 2002.
He is also a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) since 1989.
COO & CFO, Asia Pacific
Tim Robinson joined Savills as Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Asia Pacific in May 2015. He is responsible for ensuring the efficient operational running of the business in Asia Pacific, with particular reference to the operating processes, all financial management matters and all future capital investments to be undertaken in the region.
Tim was previously a Director for PwC in the UK. He worked closely with Savills during the acquisition of Studley in the US, when he was part of the PwC acquisition and due diligence team. Tim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Savills’ business, and has worked in Hong Kong before from 2004 to 2008.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
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