Avison Young has appointed five highly regarded finance and strategy professionals to its team as it continues its rapid expansion worldwide.

The appointments include several thought leaders and comprise two promotions and three hires for newly created positions.

Tom Morande becomes chief financial officer for North America. He joined the firm as a principal in 2015 and has 22 years of commercial real estate experience. He will serve as a strategic business partner to the US, Canada and Mexico leadership teams and managing directors.

Ricardo Jenkins is promoted to chief accounting officer. He has been with the firm since 2006 and was previously with JLL. He has 13 years of real estate experience and will be responsible for all aspects of reporting on financial and operational performance against both the annual budget and the company’s long-term strategy while also overseeing financial planning and analysis.

The new hires include Robert Dunlop who becomes the company’s global treasurer having been VP & group treasurer at INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany.

Also joining the Toronto-headquartered firm is director of strategy Ashwini Sawhney. She previously worked in the corporate development groups of Fortune 1000 companies, as an advisor to private-equity-owned middle-market companies and at a global financial advisory firm.

Finally, Steve Cresswell joins as European director of finance and operations, working with Gerry Hughes, president of Avison Young’s European business.

“The finance team comprises thought leaders who have proven track records and understand the financial intricacies of the commercial real estate business and other industries,” said Avison Young chair and CEO Mark E. Rose. “They have confidently – and competently – navigated companies through exponential growth while minimizing disruption and enhancing shareholder value. Working closely with our Chief Financial Officer Christine Battist, they will lead Avison Young’s global finance operations, oversee the aforementioned capital deployment, help implement our investment strategy and manage day-to-day accounting operations as we expand further.”

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