Commercial real estate industry leader to join firm's U.K. operations; will accelerate firm's growth throughout region while recruiting top talentTORONTO, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Mark E. Rose, chair and CEO of Avison Young, the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services company, announced today the strategic hiring of Jason Sibthorpein London, U.K. Effective immediately, Sibthorpe becomes a Principal of Avison Young and Managing Director of the firm's U.K. region. Based in the firm's London West End office, he will accelerate growth across all of the firm's business lines through strategic expansion into new U.K. markets and the recruitment of top commercial real estate talent. He will partner with Avison Young's existing U.K.-based Principals and also manage the day-to-day operations of the company's London West End and London City offices. Sibthorpe brings to Avison Young 28 years of commercial real estate experience. He was most recently with Bilfinger GVA in London where he was chair of the company's retail, hotels and leisure group - leading a team of 50 specialists, with a focus on occupier strategy and mixed-use development. In addition, he recently led the company's transactional and capital markets teams and, prior to that, managed the firm's London office, which comprises more than 500 employees and 23 business units. Sibthorpe was also a member of the U.K. executive board at Bilfinger. "Since entering the U.K. in 2014, we have enjoyed steady growth in the region, and we look forward to expanding our market share with Jason on board," comments Rose. "Jason's background in retail, experience in senior leadership roles, deep industry knowledge and extensive client base will be of tremendous value to our company, clients and business partners as we continue to expand throughout the U.K. and actively recruit leading industry professionals. With Jason leading our talented Principal-led team, we will also be able to leverage the skills, knowledge and expertise of our highly experienced U.K. professionals."