Following the significant expansion of the Savills Australia business, and to further capitalise on the dominance of Savills Asia and UK, we are delighted to announce the return of Chris Freeman as National Head of Capital Strategy.
Mr Freeman will re-join Savills after leading research for major fund manager, Charter Hall, over the past five years. Mr Freeman’s newly created role as National Head of Capital Strategy is designed to add greater value to Savills institutional clients.
Paul Craig, CEO Savills Australia & New Zealand said the strategy role is one we have seen the benefits of overseas, where insight and research from the agency is directly applied to client portfolios to assist with asset planning and capital raising initiatives.
“With Chris having been intimately involved in both of these functions across all sectors, his high calibre of experience made him the clear choice for us.”
During Mr Freeman’s time at Savills, he had a reputation for creating new ways of assessing the market, such as Savills Full Floor Availability report, and structuring innovative deals, including the buyout of much of the strata space in the Sydney CBD by WalkerCorp. Now with funds management and capital raising experience, Mr Freeman says the time is right to head back to agency.
“Both coming from Perth, I worked closely with Paul for a number of years. Knowing his highly pro-active personality when he became Savills CEO, it was clear that this was going to be an exciting era for Savills,” said Mr Freeman.
“Savills is dominant in Asia and the UK, and the brand has significant potential to further leverage this and enhance its reputation in Australia, which is an exciting prospect.”
“Throughout 2017, it is likely that institutional stock will be increasingly tightly held. It is during these periods that Savills breadth and wealth of knowledge, ability to be across all markets and sectors globally, and aligning with clients’ strategies, will add tremendous value to our clients,” added Mr Craig.
Mr Freeman will work between and better link our National Capital Transactions team and our research function across all markets and sectors and report directly to Mr Craig. Mr Freeman will help drive continuous improvement of the group’s institutional research offerings and provide greater alignment with transactions and other divisions of the business.