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A dialogue with Savills CEO & CIO regarding the impact of COVID-19 on markets, client technology, and innovation.
10:00 Things coming back to normal in New York
13:44 Offices in the future
17:55 Unforgettable experience of Patrick McGrath
28:55 Smart building technology
30:50 Pre-imposed COVID strategies
Founded in the UK in 1855, I am proud to say Savills is one of the world's leading property agents across commercial, residential & rural real estate. With 600 offices across the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Our scale gives us wide-ranging specialist and local knowledge, to be best place as the international adviser of choice across every aspect of property. Graduated in 1984 with an Honours degree from University of Reading, accepted as an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1986 and made a Fellow in 2012. In 1998 I was made a member of the Savills Commercial Board. In 2000 I was made a member of the Remuneration Committee. I was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Savills Commercial in January 2008 and appointed to the Group Executive Board when it formed in February 2008. In January 2013 I became Chief Executive of Savills (UK) Limited following the amalgamation of the Commercial and L&P businesses. In September 2014 I became Chief Executive Officer of Savills UK & Europe. As of 1 January 2019, I became Group Chief Executive Officer, Savills plc. I remain client facing and play an active role in the Capital Markets business across many regions. I am also a Trustee of Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) and a Member of the BPF Policy Committee.View the profile
18 years of diverse global real estate transaction experience; passionate about technology, leadership, commercial real estate, finance, and all things data visualization. I currently serve as the Americas lead for the digital transformation of our platform. Our vision is to acquire and activate the best minds for the purpose of tackling complex commercial real estate problems with simple elegant solutions.View the profile
This is Emily Wright, tech Editor and Head of Special Projects of Estates Gazette, I'm calling in for today's chat as a part of this Reimagining Real Estate Summit in London. I'm joined by a New York - London guest as well. And so I'm delighted to be joined by Mark Ridley, Global CEO at Savills based here in the UK and Patrick McGrath Chief Information Officer and Head of Client Technology. Just a few miles away. So, how are you both today? Very good. Thanks, Emily. Seemless, seamless start to our conversations. It's party afternoon.
That leads me to my first question. It is extraordinary times, which is how we were able to do this, but I just want you to find out how you both handled lockdown in terms of business. Mark let's start with you in the office Don't answer your question. I'm working out of London and Manchester. Reopened in the UK about 7 weeks ago now
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