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TM Insight makes three key appoints to lead its new ecommerce and digital team, Andrew Nicol joins Quintessential Equity, and Jane Tongs is appointed chair of Cromwell Property Group.

Property and supply chain specialist TM Insight has appointed Nicole Scherholz Cipolla, Jan Becker and Mitch Bittermann, former executives at Global Fashion Group, Zalora and adidas, to lead its new ecommerce and digital team. This new venture at TM Insight comes off the back of rapid global acceleration in ecommerce and client demand for digital expertise. Scherholz Cipolla was most recently group senior strategy director at Global Fashion Group, the parent company of The Iconic, and chief commercial officer at Zalora Philippines, Asia’s leading online fashion retailer. Becker is the former director of brand marketing and Consumer Strategy at Zalora and vice president of marketing at Central Group Online, part of Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate. Bittermann was most recently director of ecommerce for adidas in Southeast Asia. Scherholz Cipolla and Becker join TM Insight as executive directors of ecommerce, based in Australia, and Bittermann as executive vice president of ecommerce for TM Insight Asia, based in Singapore. Together they will lead TM Insight’s ecommerce and digital offering across the Asia-Pacific region, working with TM Insight’s broader supply chain and property consulting business to provide businesses a true end-to-end service offering in their retail and supply chain transformations.

Andrew Nicol was joined private equity property business Quintessential Equity in a new role as general manager of transactions and will oversee the organisation’s existing asset transactions across office and industrial properties. Nicol was formerly a senior investment manager at ARA Asset Management, where he led the purchase of the Southgate complex in Melbourne from Dexus for $578 million. He has also held roles with Morgan Stanley-owned Arena Investment Management and Knight Frank in Australia and London. The appointment comes as Quintessential looks to secure around $300 million in office and industrial assets to regenerate, following a $145 million capital raise in late 2019. The business has also promoted Noah Warren to head of existing assets, from his previous role of general manager of asset management.

Cromwell Property Group has a new chair. Jane Tongs, who has been on the Cromwell board since 2014, has been named the non-executive chair. Tons is a non-executive director for Australian Prime Property Funds (Lend Lease Group), Warakirri Asset Management Group, and Catholic Church Insurance. She is the chair of Netwealth Investments Limited, a position she’s held since 2002, joining after a career as partner with PwC. She replaces Leon Blitz.

Knight Frank has made a key appointment to its office leasing team in Brisbane. Chris Mitchell will head up fringe leasing in the role of associate director. He will move to Knight Frank from his previous role as managing director at DeCee Develop, a Brisbane-based property developer specialising in medical sector development and consultancy projects. Mitchell has also worked with JLL, Ray White Commercial, Reed Property Group, Aria Property Group, Consolidated Properties and Huon Property Group during his 23-year career.

Liverpool City Council has appointed Dr Eddie Jackson as its full-time chief executive officer, following five months acting in the role. Jackson began working at the council in December 2014 and has most recently served as director of city community and culture. He also worked on the negotiation, formulation and early implementation phases of the City Deal.

Standards Australia has appointed a new board chair, Tracey Gramlick, who is currently CSIRO’s team leader of verification services in infrastructure technologies. Gramlick worked at the Australian Window Association for over 15 years, including as chief executive officer. She has already served on the Standards Australia Council.

E-commerce marketplace Grays has acquired Tagma Property Consultants, a business which provides Australia-wide solutions for the management, disposal, and realisation of assets for mortgagees and trustees. The acquisition will drive significant growth in Grays’ newly established real estate division, which aims to digitize the traditional real estate auction. The Tagma brand and team will remain unchanged and will report into the Grays real estate division led by Brett Garnett.