Grant Harrod appointed LJ Hooker CEO
LJ Hooker today announced the appointment of its new CEO effective immediately for its Australian and international networks.
Greg Paramor, Chairman of LJ Hooker, said business services specialist Grant Harrod has been appointed to the position.
Mr Harrod possesses extensive executive leadership experience, having formerly been CEO and Managing Director of ASX-listed Salmat Pty Ltd (2009 to 2013) and CEO and Managing Director of Corporate Express Australia Ltd (2001 to late 2008).
Mr Paramor said: “The Board undertook an extensive six-month selection process to find the right candidate, and we’re pleased to have found a CEO of Grant’s calibre.
“We’re impressed with Grant’s comprehension of the changing real estate marketplace, and his vision for LJ Hooker aligns with our current network growth and market innovations.
“Grant’s extensive background in business services and solutions ensures our network of 700 offices will continue to enjoy the tools and support for the retention and expansion of their market profiles.
“I’m confident Grant will bring an enthusiasm and leadership to LJ Hooker which will herald a new and successful era for the company.’’
Mr Harrod fills the role vacated by Georg Chmiel. Mr Chmiel remains a non-executive board member of LJ Hooker.
Mr Harrod said he was thrilled at the opportunity to join the iconic Australian company which was founded in 1928.
“LJ Hooker has developed unrivalled brand awareness and offerings to both the network and consumers,” Mr Harrod said. “But, importantly for a company of its age, it still advocates the values of integrity, respect and courage on which it was formed.
“The real estate market is at a pivotal moment in its cycle. I look forward to working with my fellow executives and the business more widely to ensure LJ Hooker continues to be the real estate brand of choice.’’