Colliers International names new Asia Pacific Head

John Kenny appointed Chief Executive Officer | Asia Pacific to continue growth momentum

Leading global commercial real estate services and investment management firm, Colliers International (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) announced today that John Kenny has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) | Asia Pacific, effective immediately. This new role unifies Asia, Australia and New Zealand, while creating synergies and promoting greater collaboration across the region.

“Colliers is the fastest growing real estate and investment management services company globally and accelerating our success in Asia Pacific, one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding regions in the global economy, is very exciting,” said Jay Hennick, Global Chairman & CEO. “I’m confident John will take our business from strength to strength as he consolidates our recent acquisitions in India and China and continues to build industry-leading positions in some of the most important markets in the world. I wish David Hand, who is stepping away from his post for personal health reasons, a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming him back to the organization as soon as possible.

Mr. Kenny has been at the helm of the Australia & New Zealand business since 2006, creating a dominant market player through the diversification of our service offerings, while championing Colliers’ enterprising culture. Mr. Kenny brings a deep knowledge of the “Colliers Way”, as well as industry and institutional experience having previously held leadership positions in commercial and industrial transactions, corporate real estate and real estate technology within the company.

“I am truly honoured to step into the Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer role as we continue to build momentum. Colliers is an enterprising company that attracts and develops industry leaders, empowering them to think and act differently as we lead the industry into the future,” said Mr. Kenny. “We have an experienced, highly motivated and loyal team of professionals here who are passionate, take personal responsibility and always deliver exceptional results for our clients.”


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John Kenny

Chief Executive Officer | Asia Pacific

Sydney CBD

As the Chief Executive Officer for Colliers in Asia Pacific, John leads our enterprising culture to ensure we embrace a growth mindset and always do what’s right for our clients, our people and our community across the region.  By promoting our values, he ensures our experts maximise potential through collaboration and investing in relationships to ensure they are well positioned to lead our industry into the future.  The loyalty demonstrated by our team and our clients have enabled Colliers’ record growth in both the Australia & New Zealand and Asia Pacific regions over the last decade and John is enthusiastic about our future growth potential. 

Since joining Colliers International in 1991, John has held various transactional, operational and innovation roles before taking the helm as CEO in 2006.  In February 2020, he was appointed CEO, Asia Pacific.  John is also part of the Global Executive team of Colliers International and finds it a privilege to work with a select group of highly motivated experts who have driven our enterprising spirit globally. 

Culture has played a strong part of our growth and it’s been humbling to be awarded Aon / Kincentric Best Employer for four consecutive years in Australia and for 2019 in the Philippines, while also being recognised as a LinkedIn Top Company in Australia in 2019.  These accolades reflect how Colliers International attracts and develops industry leaders, empowering them to think and act differently to drive exceptional results. 


John is committed to ensuring Colliers diversifies its service offering to meet the specialised requirements of our clients and lead our industry into the future.  To meet that need, John has enjoyed working with a team of specialists to secure several strategic acquisitions that support our growth.  By developing new areas of expertise, our market-leading experts can deliver enterprising solutions to maximise the potential of property and accelerate the success of our clients and our people.

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