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Colliers International names Jay S. Hennick as CEO

Staff writer | Seattle, Wa., USA | June 19, 2015
Jay S. HennickJune 19, 2015, Seattle, Wa., USA - Colliers International Group, a real estate company, announced the appointment of Jay S. Hennick as chairman and CEO and Dylan E. Taylor as president and COO.
Mr. Hennick founded FirstService Corporation, the predecessor to the Company, in 1989 and served as its CEO until the spin-off of the residential property management and property services operations on June 1, 2015.

In 1998, Mr. Hennick was awarded Canada's Entrepreneur of the Year, in 2001 he was named Canada's CEO of the Year by Canadian Business Magazine and in 2011 received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from York University and the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Hennick currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sinai Health System, in Toronto and is the immediate past Chair of The Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Directors.

In addition, Mr. Hennick has endowed the Jay S. Hennick JD-MBA Program at the Faculty of Law and School of Management at the University of Ottawa Law School, his alma mater, and The Hennick Centre for Business and Law, a joint program of the Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Mr. Hennick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto and a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Taylor previously held the role of chief operating officer. Prior to becoming the COO for Colliers, Taylor previously served as the CEO for the Americas.

Before joining Colliers International, Mr. Taylor was president of Global Client Services for a competing real estate services firm, where he oversaw 15 separate business units. Before that, he spent more than five years as senior vice president of Corporate Solutions for Jones Lang LaSalle, and nearly seven years at SAIA Burgess.

Current CEO Douglas Frye has resigned.

Mr. Frye served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Colliers International and was chairman of the Colliers International Governing Committee (CIGC).

Mr. Frye has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate and has held several leadership positions with top industry firms. He was with Grubb & Ellis and spent several years on the client side of the business, including three years as Vice President of Acquisitions & Dispositions with The Shidler Group in Chicago.

Colliers also announced the appointment of Katherine Lee to its board.

Ms. Lee will also serve both as a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee.

A senior executive with General Electric for more than 20 years, Ms. Lee recently retired from her roles as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Canada. Previously she served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Real Estate Canada.