LaSalle makes senior Asia Pacific hire

LaSalle Investment Management has poached Chris Martin from Australian property Group GPT to become head of asset management.

Chicago-based LaSalle Investment Management has bolstered its Asia Pacific division with the appointment of Chris Martin as head of asset management.

Martin joined from Australia’s GPT Group and will be based in Singapore reporting directly to Philip Ling, LaSalle’s managing director for Asia Pacific. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s regional asset management group which comprises a team of 40 staff across Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.

The asset management group looks after a portfolio of properties acquired by the LaSalle funds totalling about 80 assets in varying sectors.

Martin held the position of executive, wholesale funds at Australian GPT Group. Prior to that, he worked for Lend Lease in its property funds division.