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Savills expands in New Zealand

Savills has recruited two prominent local property executives to lead its New Zealand expansion plans from the company’s new Auckland office. Doug Osborne and Paddy Callesen have been appointed as Joint Managing Directors of Savills New Zealand and bring extensive high level property experience to the new business.

Osborne has almost 30 years’ experience in the residential, commercial and retail property sectors in Australia and New Zealand. He is the founder and former Chairman of Landplan Property Group, specialising in strategic and corporate advice, in particular in retail and development master planning and project implementation.
Callesen has more than 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand property market, specialising in the sale of large industrial investments and land, including 18 years with CBRE where he was instrumental in establishing the company’s industrial focused South Auckland office. He has also previously worked with JLL and in town planning and property development.

‘The New Zealand expansion is in line with the company’s commitment to pursuing a measured growth strategy across Australasia,’ said Paul McLean, chief executive officer of Savills Australia and New Zealand.

‘We have identified real growth opportunities in the New Zealand commercial property market and are pleased to have two very experienced local property executives to lead this expansion. The Savills New Zealand business will have an initial focus on the Corporate Real Estate Services and the Industrial and Retail markets, and will further enhance the Savills brand and service in the Asia Pacific region,’ he added.

Savills is one of the fastest growing property groups in Australia and has 13 offices and more than 800 staff. The company has over 40 offices in the Asia Pacific, with 200 offices across 40 countries, and has more 20,000 employees worldwide.

Established in the UK in 1855 and listed on the London Stock Exchange, Savills is one of the world’s leading property advisors with over 200 offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

In New Zealand, Savills also maintains an associate relationship with leading residential real estate company Barfoot & Thompson.