Gavin Lu Joins Warburg Pincus in Shanghai, China


Several high-profile property execs are changing jobs and updating their titles in this week’s edition of People in the News, with a real estate investment veteran joining a global private equity giant and a top property group gaining a new deputy chairman. Also in our roundup, a communications pro is returning to mainland China’s biggest prime office developer. Read on for more comings and going in Asia’s real estate world.

Gavin Lu is now Executive Director at US private equity firm Warburg Pincus. In his role based in Shanghai, Lu handles PE investment in the real estate sector, including rental apartments, community retail, tourism hotels, logistics properties and business parks as well as real estate fund or REIT management firms. The holder of a master’s in urban planning from the Harvard University School of Design previously started up Uban, an online brokerage for commercial real estate in China, after working at the Carlyle Group for nearly eight years as Director. Lu has also worked for real estate developer Hines.

Daryl Ng Win Kong has been appointed Deputy Chairman of Sino Land Company this month, after serving as Executive Director of the Hong Kong-listed property group. At the same time, Ng has also been tapped to serve as Deputy Chairman of Sino Group’s Tsim Sha Tsui Properties and Sino Hotels (Holdings). The eldest son of Sino Land chairman Robert Ng Chee Siong, he initially joined the company as an executive in 2003 and also holds the title of Independent Non-Executive Director of The Bank of East Asia.

David Green-Morgan has joined Real Capital Analytics (RCA), the global commercial real estate data firm, in the newly created role of Managing Director for Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Green-Morgan will oversee RCA’s growing operations across the region, lead support for clients and deliver market insights, drawing on 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. The analytics maven previously spent six years at international brokerage firm JLL in Singapore, heading up global capital markets research, after working as Head of Asia Pacific Research at rival agency Cushman & Wakefield (formerly DTZ) in Sydney for four and a half years.

Ashleigh Au has taken a new role as Director of Communications at Hong Kong-listed commercial developer SOHO China. The bilingual PR pro returns to SOHO following a brief hiatus after earlier directing communications and publicity for the Beijing-based company’s celebrity CEO Zhang Xin from 2011 through March of this year. The University of Toronto graduate is also a member of the Ontario Executive Committee and has served as an Advisor for the Canada China Business Council.

alexandra Ingram jllAlexandra Ingram is leaving Asia to join the regional European team of property consultancy JLL in London, taking the role of Associate Director for European Capital Markets. The new job will entail assisting local investment markets across continental Europe with a focus on office investment. Ingram has worked for the Capital Markets division of JLL in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai since 2013, after serving as a Management Executive at Singapore’s CapitaLand for over two years.

Zhang Haimin has resigned as president of Shenzhen-listed developer Sunshine City Group, according to market sources cited by Guandian. The veteran of China Vanke has also held the title of general manager at Raycom Real Estate Development (a subsidiary of Legend Holdings), Xingyue Group Shanghai Investment, and Coastal Greenland (East China).

Huang Chunlei has been appointed as Vice President of Future Land Holdings by the board of directors of the Shanghai-based homebuilder. The graduate of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics worked at Beijing-based commercial developer Dalian Wanda Group since 2010, in the role of assistant to the group president and deputy general manager of the company’s IT department.

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