Appointments included (from left) Susan MacDonald, (Landcom) Demi Carigliano (Knight Frank) and David Choi (Propoic)
  • Knight Frank has made several appointments in NSW
  • JWH have selected a GM for Oswald Homes and Residential Attitudes
  • Propic have picked their Chief Commercial Officer
  • Landcom have appointed two new board members

Knight Frank has made several new appointments over the past few weeks.

Their South Sydney office has new leadership with Demi Carigliano and Anthony Pirrottina being promoted to Joint Heads.

The pair replace Nick Sinclair, Knight Frank Associate Director of Leasing, who was filling in the role temporarily following Mark Silva’s move to Western Sydney last year.

The dynamic duo – who are also cousins – have worked closely together after joining Knight Frank Australia as analysts in the Capital Markets just weeks apart in 2014.

Demi Carigliano and Anthony Pirrottina
Demi Carigliano (left) and Anthony Pirrottina. Image supplied

Knight Frank has also announced a National Head of Investment Sales. Scott Timbrell will return to the role after vacating it in January to take on his current role of Partner, Head of Franchise Partnerships, which he will continue to fulfil.

In addition, Knight Frank has appointed a new Head of Asset Management Services (AMS) in New South Wales. Jeremy Prestoe will start at Knight Frank in a few weeks’ time, moving from a major competitor where he is currently the Head of Retail, NSW.

Mr Prestoe has had previous roles as Managing Director at Just Projects Group and Centre Manager for Lendlease.

GM for 2 JWH home brands

Over in the West, homebuilder JWH Group has appointed Paul Spadanuda as the new General Manager for Oswald Homes and Residential Attitudes.

JWH Group General Manager Jay Walter said Paul would bring extensive experience in commercial and residential construction to the Group and will continue with the growth of the two brands.

Jay-Walter-Paul Spadanuda
Jay Walter (left) with Paul Spadanuda. Image supplied

“Paul shares a passion for the industry and aligns perfectly with the Group’s core values,” Mr Walter said.

“I am delighted that he has chosen to join the Group to oversee the Oswald Homes and Residential Attitudes brands.

“He will be a fantastic addition to the Group and will lead a growing extension of the Residential Attitudes brand.”

Jay Walter, JWH Group

Mr Spadanuda boasts 19 years in the building industry, including mining oil and gas and has helped to deliver landmark buildings and projects in the state worth more than $5 billion.

Propic picks its CCO

Back in Sydney, property intelligence startup, Propic, has appointed David Choi as Chief Commercial Officer and Strategist.

Mr Choi joins the senior leadership team tasked with converting the $6 million injection of Series A funding from ACM’s Antony Catalano and Alex Waislitz announced earlier this year into three-fold growth.

He was one of the founding members of Homepass, and led commercial and tech innovation at Domain Group and for several years. He served as Chief Commercial Officer for ActivePipe, and was appointed to the Propic board as a non-executive director in 2020.

David Choi
David Choi. Image supplied

“We know 70% of real estate inquiries happen after hours, between 7pm and 10pm, and people sometimes wait 48-72 hours to get a response from an agent. There’s no other advanced industry where that type of customer service would be acceptable,” said Mr Choi.

“Propic conversational AI answers all those after-hours questions in real-time, which also relieves stress on agents to respond to thousands of questions instead of doing what they love about their jobs, connecting with people that our predictive technology tells them are ready to buy, sell or move home.”

Landcom welcomes new board members

Meanwhile, NSW Government’s land and property development organisation Landcom has appointed Susan MacDonald and Trent Alston as non-executive directors to the Board. The new Directors join the Chair Peter Roberts, and existing Directors John Barbeler and Pamela Hanrahan.

“Susan and Trent bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from the property sector which will serve Landcom and the Board well,” said Chair Mr Roberts.

“They will complement the Board’s strengths bringing additional skills, particularly in the areas of asset management, business operations and strategy.

“The appointments come at an exciting time in the sector, with new ideas and innovation being explored as NSW faces both increasing prices and pressure to house its growing population.

Peter Roberts, Chair, Landcom

“The Board is looking forward to working with the new Directors to continue to deliver on Landcom’s strategy to improve the supply, diversity and affordability of new housing.”

Susan MacDonald
Susan MacDonald. Image – Landcom

Commenting on the appointment, Ms MacDonald said she was excited to be taking on the role.

“I am passionate about how the built form can provide not only a functional role, such as housing, but if done well, how it can impact how we feel, how we connect to others and how we influence a positive impact on communities,” Ms MacDonald said.

“Landcom is taking up this challenge by working with government agencies, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations to deliver a range of housing types that are sustainable, innovative and attractive places across NSW.”

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