New appointment at Cushman & Wakefield

By Janice Roberts
Gavin Klarmann

Gavin Klarmann

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory has received a considerable boost with the appointment of real estate industry veteran Gavin Klarmann, who is committed to continue driving property advisory disciplines forward in South Africa, and delivering the best international standards in the local market.

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory is one of the leading property advisory services company in the region, offering comprehensive valuation, research, due diligence, consultancy services to a variety of clients throughout sub-Saharan African.

The Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate alliance currently operates across sub-Saharan Africa, with 32 offices in 11 countries: Botswana; DRC; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Namibia; Nigeria; South Africa; Swaziland; Zambia; and Zimbabwe. Legal entities are established in a further seven countries: Cameroon; Cote d’Ivoire; Gabon; Senegal; Tanzania; Uganda and Morocco.

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate provides a comprehensive range of occupier and investor services, delivering core management and facilities services, project management, transactions, valuation and advisory services including strategic consulting, market surveys and development feasibility. Its client base includes multinational corporates, public sector organisations, developers, funds, institutions and private investors.

With Klarmann’s strong track record in commercial property, he will lead the expansion of Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory’s coverage in the region, heading up its advisory team from 1 September 2016.

Klarmann, a qualified lawyer, began his property career as a legal assistant at one of the biggest property developers in South Africa at the time. His career spans a 30-year progression of senior real estate roles with performance-driven companies across diverse commercial property disciplines such as leasing, broking and tenant representation.

Commenting on his appointment, Nomzamo Radebe, CEO of JHI, says: “Klarmann has an all-round view and a good understanding of the commercial property industry. His appointment places our advisory team in an even stronger position to advise our clients in a highly-competitive and demanding market that is unique compared to anywhere else.”

Klarmann reports there is a growing demand for property advisory services in the African market.

Expanding on this trend, Klarmann notes: “More businesses, both local and multinational, are realising the value of outsourced real estate advisory services. It is a big advantage to have property professionals in your corner. Businesses are keen to reap the benefits for their productivity and their bottom line.”

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory’s growth responds to the demand for excellent property advisory services that add value to its clients’ property strategies.

Klarmann says: “Going above and beyond to unlock value for our clients’ starts with listening and really understanding their businesses. In this way, we are able to provide solutions that not only work, but give businesses what they need and want. Through applying our property knowledge and insight, Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory ensures the quality of final agreements is so much stronger. This supports a good understanding on all sides and reduces conflicts down the line. All the while we strive to wow our customers with excellent service levels by providing swift, quality service that builds sustainable business relationships.”

Unilever, Mastercard, UPS, Blackberry RIM, General Electric, GM, Microsoft, Societe Generale and Thomson Reuters are among JHI Advisory’s clients.

Angus Alexander, a recent appointment to the growing Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory team, brings his extensive experience in property leasing and investment to its consultancy capacity. He explains that as part of Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, Advisory is able to provide services – from specialised negotiation and carbon footprint analysis to construction, fit outs and benchmarking costs of soft services like cleaning and security – that go well beyond the norm.

Alexander notes: “Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory prides itself on finding creative solutions that bring occupiers together with property spaces to create best value. Property advisory services is a growing discipline in the South African market, one that can add meaningful value to businesses across the board. Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate Advisory is eager to take these services forward in new and innovative ways, drawing on the wealth of the collective experience in our growing team. We want to be the best by putting a fine professional service on the table that creates real value for our clients.”

Klarmann confirms that our clients will continue to be its focus and new strategies are already being rolled out to enhance its high-performance solutions and continue building the best team in the region.

Concluding, Klarmann says: “This is the perfect time to join this growing team. As part of the Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate alliance it has the opportunity to leverage off a substantial global platform and it is in a confident position for growth.

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