Knight Frank has appointed Shaun Witherow as its new Head of Queensland.
Mr Witherow has been acting Head of Queensland since October, with the role becoming permanent from December 16 following a thorough internal and external recruitment process.
He was previously Knight Frank Queensland’s Head of Asset Management Services (AMS) and has been with the company for nearly four years.
During his time with Knight Frank, Mr Witherow has doubled the Queensland AMS business. This growth was achieved by focusing on building a high-performing team and aligning itself with the national business.
This approach resulted in winning more than 50 new appointments and instructions, for a total of more than 600,000sq m of assets under management. This includes securing the management of five significant Brisbane CBD assets.
Mr Witherow’s experience in property spans over 23 years in the Queensland and national Australian markets, where he has held several senior leadership roles within agency and client organisations. Before joining Knight Frank, he led the Lendlease Account nationally on behalf of JLL.
Knight Frank Australia Partner and Chief Executive Officer Rod Leaver said Mr Witherow’s new appointment was part of an ongoing restructure across Knight Frank.
“Shaun’s appointment will strengthen our leadership team in Queensland and put us in a position where we are confident in delivering the next phase of growth in the Queensland business,” Mr Leaver said.
“His broad business experience positions him very well to drive business growth and service the wants and needs of our clients.
“Shaun’s values also align to our brand and culture, including inclusivity and working collaboratively within our teams, which provides value to our staff and clients.”
Mr Witherow said he was honoured to be appointed as Head of Queensland for Knight Frank and after acting in the role for several months had started to implement strategies to ensure the business was ready for growth in 2020.
“It’s an exciting time for Brisbane, with the city strengthening, and we are positive the commercial property market will also see plenty of growth going forward,” he said.
“Supported by a strong executive leadership team, I look forward to capitalising on this growth for Knight Frank in the future, and I’m confident our business set to go from strength to strength.”
As part of the restructure of Knight Frank in Queensland, Justin Bond has been appointed as Head of Capital Markets in the state.