Laing+Simmons reveals new board

March 18, 2021 |
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Laing+Simmons is under new ownership and a new Board has just been announced to lead the business through its next phase of growth.

In January, it was announced that Laing+Simmons Corporation had been purchased by a partnership including members of the head office team and some of the network’s best known principals.

Now, the new Laing+Simmons Board has been revealed, comprising:

D’Leanne Lewis, principal, Laing+Simmons Double Bay

D’Leanne is one of the longest standing, highest performing agents in the network; one of the most awarded agents nationally; and a Sydney real estate icon.

Paul Abassi, principal, Laing+Simmons St Marys | Ropes Crossing

Having achieved an impressive 58% market share in his core market, Paul’s systemised approach to planning and implementation will be a real advantage to the company’s growth agenda, and for new and existing franchisees.

Peter Green, principal, Laing+Simmons Miranda

Peter’s extensive industry experience is complemented by his background operating a marketing and advertising business which, with its obvious alignment with real estate, brings a necessary diversity in perspective.

Tolly Saivanidis, managing partner, Pryor Tzannes & Wallis

An experienced solicitor specialising in property law, Tolly ensures rigour to the Board’s decision-making process and compliance.

Joe Sita, vice chair, IFA Real Estate Services

The Chair of the Laing+Simmons Board, Joe’s extensive global board experience covers property development, hotels and other real estate disciplines to provide leadership through proven success.

Leanne Pilkington, Chief Executive Officer, Laing+Simmons

The President of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and long-term head of Laing+Simmons, Leanne is one of the industry’s most recognised and accomplished leaders.

With a highly experienced Board in place, the network turns its attention to new growth avenues while supporting existing franchise partners, says Laing+Simmons CEO Leanne Pilkington.

“The approach of the new ownership is purposefully not about business as usual. It is an acknowledgement that real estate is changing and the support and direction provided by franchisors needs to change with it,” Ms Pilkington says.

“We are focused on investigating new avenues of growth for our business and our franchisees, through a diversification of income streams, new service offerings and the selective growth of the network in key markets.

“Central to the value proposition provided by us as a franchisor is the recognition of the importance of a level playing field for all franchisees, irrespective of business size, areas of speciality or geographic location, and then promoting an environment in which success is not only achievable, but expected.

“Laing+Simmons has always been and will continue to operate as a collaborative network and our new Board members, shareholders and franchisees alike will have their voice heard when it comes to fostering that environment of success.

“The process of surveying Laing+Simmons business owners has commenced and the commitment to collaborate is ongoing.

“Laing+Simmons has always been different in approach. Now, we have a unique structure in a real estate context, we have a shared ambition between Board, ownership and franchisees, and we have a level playing field throughout the network geared towards our collective success,” she says.

Laing+Simmons is a New South Wales-based boutique real estate franchise network currently comprising 43 offices in key metropolitan and regional locations.

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