Group Executive Board
Our Group Executive Board ensures we have a cohesive and integrated management structure and approach, allowing us to capture and cascade best practices across our global network.
Group Chief Executive
Joined Savills in 1980 and was appointed to the Board in 1999.He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Savills Commercial and Savills Europe for seven years until he was appointed as Group Chief Executive on 7 May 2008.
He was appointed as a Director of Savills Asia Pacific Limited in 1991, and was accepted as an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1979, and made a Fellow in 1990.
Global Head of Capital Markets
Joined Savills in September 1986 and was appointed to the Board on 1 May 1999. He is the Executive Director responsible for our Capital Markets team and Head of Savills Commercial Investment. From 1 January 2009, he assumed responsibility for our American business.
He is also Chairman of the Management Board of our European businesses and a member of the Charities Fund Property Board.
CEO Savills Asia Pacific
Rob McKellar was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director on 1 June 2000 having served as Finance Director of Savills Commercial Limited since December 1994. He was appointed Chief Executive – Asia Pacific on 31 March 2005.
Rob joined Savills in December 1988 as Financial Controller and then Managing and Financial Director for Savills Commercial Ltd., before being appointed Finance Director for Savills plc in July 2000. Prior to working for Savills Rob worked for BP Minerals Ltd. and Babcock Power in London, and British Steel Corporation in Scotland.
Chairman & Chief Executive, Savills UK
Joined Savills in 1996 to establish the Savills Manchester office. Prior to this he was a partner at Weatherall & Smith where he ran the West End Agency Team before moving to Manchester in 1994 to take up the appointment as Head of the Manchester office. During the 1980’s Mark gained extensive experience in both the City and West End Agency and Development markets as well as a secondment to Australia where he worked for Chesterton International in its Investment team between 1986 and 1988.
Mark was made a Board member of Savills Commercial in 1998 and was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Savills Commercial in January 2008. In addition to his role as CEO, Mark continues to focus on client business acting for: Hammerson, UBS, Threadneedle, L&G, F&C REIT and Lanebridge Fund Management amongst others.
Head of Global Residential
Rupert joined Savills in 1980 and served on the plc Board for 15 years. He was appointed to the Group Executive Board when it was formed in February 2008.
Non Executive roles have included a Non Executive Directorship of Fastcrop plc, following the sale of Primelocation to the Daily Mail Group Rupert was retained as Non Executive Chairman. He was also a Director of Adventis Group plc, and for 9 years a Governor of Bournemouth University. He is currently appointed to Investment Committees at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford, and he is a Non Executive Director of Pigeon Land, a Development advisory company.
Chief Executive Continental Europe
Aged 42, joined Savills in 1998 and was appointed to the Group Executive Board in January 2011.
He is responsible for Savills Continental European offices. Formerly he was Head of Savills in Spain for ten years, and in February 2008 he was appointed as Executive Managing Director of Savills New York office, where he assumed responsibility for Savills cross-border business.
Chief Executive Savills Greater China
Aged 49, joined Savills in 1989 and was appointed to the Group Executive Board in January 2011.
Raymond took over the Hong Kong office in 2003. In 2009 Raymond was made the Chief Executive of Savills Group in Hong Kong and Macau and in 2010 was appointed Chief Executive of Greater China. Raymond is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and holds an honorary fellowship at the Quangxi Academy of Social Sciences.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Simon Shaw joined the Board as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Simon is a Chartered Accountant.
He was Chief Financial Officer of Gyrus Group PLC from 2003 until its sale to Olympus Corporation in 2008, having previously been Chief Operating Officer of Profile Therapeutics plc between 1998 and 2003. He is Non- Executive Chairman of Synairgen plc. Between 1991 and 1997 he was a corporate financier, latterly at Hambros Bank Limited.
Group Legal Director & Company Secretary
Chris Lee joined Savills in June 2008 and was appointed to the Group Executive Board in August 2008. He has responsibility for legal and compliance issues globally. He is one of the two Authorised Representatives of Savills on the Members’ Committee of Cordea Savills.
He held equivalent roles with Alfred McAlpine plc, Courts plc and Scholl plc between 1997 and 2008, prior to which he was Deputy Group Secretary of Delta plc from 1990 to 1997.
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