Appointment of Business Development Director

DATE 8th Mar 2016



New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty eyes further Auckland expansion with new role.

Premium real estate brand New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR) continues to strengthen its position in the Auckland market with the appointment of a Business Development Director.

Chris Jones – an accomplished executive leader with more than 25 years’ experience in operational and strategic business direction – has been selected for the brand new role and will concentrate on NZSIR’s expansion into the Auckland property market.

Jones will begin his full-time role with NZSIR on April 4, after finishing up as managing director of Hypermedia, a shopper marketing agency based in Auckland.

Based in Auckland, Jones’ main role will be to oversee and manage continued sales growth and recruitment within the existing Auckland offices and to develop future offices within Auckland and the North Island.

“New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty is serious about the market and serious about growing nationwide, and my appointment is a key investment for the company’s strategic direction,” Jones says.

“The brand has such a great reputation and we are going to have a laser-light approach and slice off a real market share. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m very excited about it.”

Jones is familiar with the real estate industry, having been the general manager of residential sales at Bayleys Real Estate between 2006-2008. He was also the managing director and shareholder of Market Pulse International. Other management roles include being the managing director and shareholder of Rodney Wayne NZ and the managing director of Schwarzkopf Professional. A former full-time musician, in his spare time Jones is lead guitarist in the well-known musical group ‘The 8-Track Band’, which plays with television personality, actor and singer Shane Cortese.

NZSIR co-owner Mark Harris says: “As part of our ongoing expansion into the Auckland region we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Jones as Business Development Director for our business. We are focused on attracting the highest quality personnel to our company and adding to our existing high calibre team, Chris certainly adds to that ethos. With 14 offices throughout NZ and four in the Auckland and Northland region, we are planning future office representation on the North Shore and other strategic locations that our amazing brand is suited to.”

The appointment comes four months after NZSIR acquired top Auckland property company Milne & Co – another strategic move.