Upmarket agency Chestertons has revealed a reshuffle at the top after Group CEO Allan Collins stepped down today, 15 months after his appointment, while former Head of Residential Sales Guy Gittins has been promoted to become the UK’s Managing Director.
Collins is to become Group Deputy Chairman after being appointed CEO in March last year, replacing Robert Bartlett, following five years spent as Group Chief Financial Officer, and prior to that stints at Savills and cruise firm P&O.
One of his last decisions was to return Chestertons’ 32 branches to Zoopla after a three year hiatus during which it listed only with OTM and Rightmove.
Guy’s rapid rise
Guy Gittins is one of the property industry’s high fliers and his promotion to the top job in the UK after seven years at Chestertons is not a surprise to many who know him.
Gittins made his name both within the industry and beyond after working for Savills on the successful launch of the world famous Candy & Candy development One Hyde Park from 2010 onwards, before joining Chestertons in 2012.
Before that he worked for cigar-chomping hotelier and developer Peter de Savary.
“During the seven years I have worked for Chestertons I have seen it change, develop and improve continuously and I am determined to accelerate this to help the company become more successful,” says Guy (pictured, left in top image).
“The outlook for the second half of the year is positive and I am looking forward to working closely with all departments to find new ways we can create value and help each other improve, whether it is through training, technology, support, or process.”