Savills boss Jeremy Helsby on building a ‘recession-proof’ property giant

The Savills that will be left by Jeremy Helsby when he stands down as chief executive after 11 years at the end of this month will be very different to the business he first joined as a fresh-faced land agent almost 40 years ago.

Many still think of the 160-year-old property company as mostly an upmarket estate agent selling Mayfair flats and country piles to Russian oligarchs and City bankers.

But nowadays you are as likely to find a Savills worker managing an office building in Hanoi or advising on the sale of a shopping centre in California as showing a super-rich buyer around a London penthouse.

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