In his new role, Australian-born John Verpeleti (photo) will be responsible for the company’s real estate investments in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

Prior to joining Colliers, Verpeleti held various management positions at AXA Real Estate Investment Management and DTZ where he headed the operations of DTZ’s offices in Central and Eastern Europe.

John Verpeleti served as regional managing director at AXA REIM. He is member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and of Australian Property Institute.

“We are committed to consolidate our institutional capacities and raise our market share in the region”, Hadley Dean, managing partner of Colliers International Central and Eastern Europe.

Colliers International is a global partnership between real estate advisers. It has 480 offices worldwide operating in 61 countries. In Central and Eastern Europe, Colliers runs operations in Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro.