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Harcourts CEO appointed to Australasian operation

Tuesday 20th April 2010

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Bryan Thomson, Harcourts New Zealand CEO for the past eight years, has been appointed to the new role of Head of Real Estate Operations for Harcourts' Australasia, Harcourts International Managing Director Mike Green announced today.

Thomson will now be responsible for the operation, growth and success of Harcourts in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, Green says, an appointment that will enable other members of the Harcourts International leadership team to increase their focus on achieving the goal of growing Harcourts' global presence from nine countries now to 25 countries by 2014.

"Working directly with the New Zealand and Australian state CEOs along with the CEO of our new commercial joint venture company NAI Harcourts, Bryan's objective is to ensure Harcourts continues to increase its dominance in New Zealand, which is where Harcourts was established in 1888, and also grows both market coverage and market share across Australia and in Fiji," Green says.

"While Harcourts is already the largest real estate group in New Zealand and the fasting growing in Australia, it is critical that Harcourts' Australasian operation has the focus, resource and leadership to achieve even greater success in these important markets and Bryan will ensure this happens.

"He is an outstanding real estate professional who is highly regarded and well respected throughout Harcourts and the entire real estate industry and I have no doubt he has the skills, commitment and passion required to lead Harcourts to be number one across Australasia."

As Mr Green explains, the establishment of a Head of Real Estate Operations for Harcourts Australasia is a significant and important step for the Harcourts group. It follows a decision by Harcourts International Executive Director and Co-owner Paul Wright to move into the role of Harcourts International Board Chairman after 25 years of hands-on involvement in the growth of Harcourts' franchise model domestically and internationally.

"With Paul's move we have taken the opportunity to review the Harcourts International leadership team to ensure that we have a structure in place that supports our strategic plan to achieve continued growth in New Zealand and Australia as well growth in other existing and also new international markets.

"Harcourts' franchise model has already been successfully established in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and China, including Hong Kong, however our plan is to have 2,500 Harcourts offices in 25 countries by 2014.

"Under the new structure, Harcourts International General Manager Gilbert Enoka, Harcourts International Chief Financial Officer Marc Taintey and myself will continue to focus on the operation of the entire group, working with Bryan on Australasia, Harcourts International's Head of International Growth Aaron Hodson on our global expansion and our Heads of Departments to ensure that we continue to develop and deliver the very best real estate system and resources anywhere in this industry."



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