President and CEO, Australia and New Zealand
CBRE Asia Pacific
In this role, Phil Rowland leads
CBRE’s Advisory businesses in Australia and New Zealand, with overall responsibility for Advisory & Transaction Services, Asset Services, Capital Markets, Project Management and Valuations.
Prior to this position, Phil was the APAC CEO of
CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions corporate outsourcing business, overseeing six regional hubs and five lines of business, serving clients across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.
Phil has been advising US, European and Asian clients on a range of real estate issues for over 20 years through positions held in Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
1. Favourite movie?
I’ve always been a big fan of Paul Auster’s novels and screenplays, so Smoke and Blue in the Face.
2. Most rewarding part about your job?
Providing a medium for growth and development of people. In growing businesses across Asia, and more recently in Australia and New Zealand, the single biggest satisfaction is seeing people grow personally and professionally and the benefits that brings to their families and communities.
3. Who do you most admire?
Given the times that we are in right now resilience and strong empathetic leadership is paramount. I have always admired Earnest Shackleton for his spirit of adventure and deep resilience, but equally his unwavering commitment to his team.
4. The biggest risk you took?
Moving my family to Asia in 2006. One of the best moves we made – a rewarding and enriching 12 years in a wonderful part of the world.
5. Dream dinner companion?
Bruce Springsteen. Many formative teenage days listening to the boss. Would love to meet the man behind the lyrics!
6. Best advice you ever received?
The best advice is always the simplest and often from your Mum – she always said ‘make your own judgments of people and find the best in all of them’