Link REIT appoints former BlackRock Asia Pacific real estate head John Saunders group CIO

Long before that, he worked from Hongkong Land from 1994 to 1998 where he was involved with the property and leasing of several landmark ventures in Singapore and some other Asian countries.

Saunders, who will take over the role from March 4 next year, will be responsible for Link’s total investment methods, portfolio management and the strategic development of Link’s investment business. He is going to report to George Hongchoy, Link’s president.

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He has more than three decades of experience in the real property industry with a strong financial investment track record, most lately at BlackRock where he also worked as international head of the realty consumer business.

“We are pleased to invite John, who brings with him a riches of skill and market proficiency, to the Link family group. The appointment is going to boost the scope and capability of our managing team and will enhance our capability as we search for new growth avenues and sustainable returns for unitholders following the Link 3.0 approach,” states Hongchoy.

Hong-Kong listed Link REIT has already announced the appointment of BlackRock’s past Asia Pacific real estate head John Saunders as team chief investment officer (CIO) in the newly formed role.

He signed up with BlackRock with its merging with MGPA in 2013 when he was the firm’s chief executive officer of Asia and the portfolio manager of their Asian Property Funds set. Before signing up with MGPA, he worked with CLSA between 1999 and 2007, running their local real estate research study effort and was instrumental in commencing their Asian Real property Fund by which he acted as an investment board affiliate.

Units in Link REIT closed up unmodified at HK$ 42.55 ($7.25) on the HKEX on Dec 20.

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