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Colliers announces retirement of John Friedrichsen


Long-Time Executive to retire after 23 years

TORONTO, Canada, April 22, 2021 – Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) today announced the retirement of long-time executive and Global Chief Operating Officer (COO), John Friedrichsen, effective in the second quarter of 2021, during which time there will be an orderly transition of his COO responsibilities to other members of the company’s executive team.

Mr. Friedrichsen joined Colliers’ predecessor, FirstService Corporation, in 1998 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2002. In 2015, he continued his role as CFO for Colliers following its separation and spin-off from FirstService. In January 2020, Mr. Friedrichsen was appointed COO, with Christian Mayer succeeding him as CFO. During Mr. Friedrichsen’s tenure, the market capitalization of the combined companies increased from US$62 million to more than US$11 billion today, creating significant shareholder value and delivering a compound annual return of about 20 per cent – a top decile performance which is remarkable over such an extended period. 

“After an incredible 23-year run with two very successful companies, it’s time for me to step away and dedicate more time to my family and pursue other interests,” said Mr. Friedrichsen. “Colliers has a unique culture that is second to none. I will miss the teamwork and collaboration with our incredibly dedicated and enterprising people, Board of Directors, and other stakeholders. It has been a true honor and privilege to have worked together with such an incredible team of leaders toward a common goal – to accelerate success. As a significant shareholder in Colliers, I will be cheering from the sidelines, never too far away, as Jay and the rest of my talented colleagues continue to create significant value for our shareholders in the years ahead,” he added.

“For more than two decades, John has been one of my closest allies in helping to build FirstService and Colliers, two great companies who have stood the test of time,” said Jay Hennick, Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “John’s unrivalled support and dedication has led to significant growth and shareholder returns over his many years of service. I will miss his insight and partnership but wish him the very best as he transitions to retirement. I have the utmost faith in our talented and enterprising leadership team and am confident that Colliers will continue to grow from strength to strength in the years to come.”

About Colliers

Colliers (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 67 countries, our more than 15,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert advice to real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 25 years, our experienced leadership with significant insider ownership has delivered compound annual investment returns of almost 20% for shareholders. With annualized revenues of $3.0 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates) and $40 billion of assets under management, we maximize the potential of property and accelerate the success of our clients and our people. Learn more at, Twitter @Colliers or LinkedIn.


Jay S. Hennick
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer | Global

Christian Mayer
Chief Financial Officer | Global

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