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Savills fill senior positions in Europe and New Zealand

Thursday 1st March 2012

International real estate advisor Savills has appointed Marcus Lemli as head of investment for its European operation. He will be based at Savills Grosvenor Hill office in London.

Marcus Lemli, who originally worked for Savills Spain, joins after six years at Jones Lang LaSalle in Germany where he was head of the capital markets and leasing business. At Savills he will work alongside former colleague Borja Sierra, CEO of Savills Europe, to strengthen the firm’s European investment platform.

Borja Sierra, CEO of Savills Europe, says: “Savills is committed to boosting its European business within the core market areas and for this reason we have made this significant appointment. Marcus will drive our investment business forward bringing together teams from Europe to take advantage of cross border opportunities both within this continent and our wider global business. We have seen appetite from US opportunity funds and Asian buyers as well as European players and we are confident that Marcus will be best placed to work within our global capital markets group to bring the right parties to our European deals.”

Marcus Lemli adds: “I look forward to leading this area of the business and working once again with Borja to focus on providing the highest level of service for Savills clients. Savills European client base is impressive and its wider reach to Asia in particular is extremely important as these investors continue to drive demand across the world.”


Savills has appointed Gianni Flammini as director of the Valuation team in Italy. Gianni joins from CBRE Global investors and has more than 15 years experience in real estate advisory across multiple sectors having worked at ING Real Estate Investment Management and DTZ. 

William Gould, head of Savills Italy, says: “I am delighted to finally secure this high profile addition to our team.  Gianni has a strong track record and is highly respected and trusted throughout the real estate sector.  Savills as one of the major global real estate services providers has a clear strategy to restructure and grow the firm in Italy, by attracting industry leaders that are capable of providing the foundations to develop their teams and the business more holistically.”

Gianni Flammini adds: “I am really motivated to at last take on the opportunity to develop the valuation business in Italy.  Under my leadership the valuation team will be dedicated to providing the highest quality standards and professional competencies in order to consolidate and grow our valued client base.”

Dra┼żenko Grahovac, head of European Valuation, says “the arrival of Gianni enables us to grow the valuation business in Italy and attract a broader domestic and international client base.  This move also links in with another high profile appointment of David Poole as Head of Valuation in Paris, also ex-DTZ, underlying Savills’ strategy to reinforce and integrate our superb teams across Europe.”

Gianni Flammini will be based at the firm’s Milan office from 1 March 2012.

New Zealand

Savills continues to grow its presence in the Asia Pacific region with the establishment of a dedicated commercial property team 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.

Paul McLean, CEO of Savills Australia & New Zealand, says: “The New Zealand expansion is in line with the company’s commitment to pursuing a measured growth strategy across Australasia.”

“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.”

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.

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