Estate agents Chestertons has announced the appointment of Jamie McMullan as chief operating officer for UK and Europe Franchising and David Russell has been appointed as its chief marketing officer for global franchising and new homes.
Chestertons’ latest senior hires will join its international team comprising CEO, global franchising, Nick Witty, and COO, International, Gavin Vercoe, as they continue to develop the estate agent’s franchise proposition, which currently has a base in UAE.
Both McMullan and Russell have over 15 years combined experience at Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, where they were they developed and grew the business’ global franchise model.
McMullan, who will now be responsible for the rollout of Chestertons’ franchise programme, in the UK and Europe has 30 years’ experience in the real estate sector, having previously headed up Sotheby’s International Realty’s EMEA region.
Russell has held positions at American Express and Wyndham Group. His role will include strategic planning and execution of the brand’s global media programme to “drive further awareness of the brand and its offices to prospective franchisees.”
Salah Mussa, chairman of the Chestertons Group, said: “The appointment of Jamie McMullan and David Russell to our senior leadership team highlights our continued commitment to strengthening our global franchise proposition.
“Their valuable experience in both the franchising and global real estate sectors means that we’re in an extremely strong position to evolve our offering for prospective franchisees, whilst also ensuring the success of our current franchised businesses. The fact that two hard-hitting hires have joined us from one of the world’s largest international real estate companies is representative of our direction of travel for the business.”
Chestertons now has 100 branches across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.