January 13, 2022

Cavendish Maxwell appoints Taylor as Group CEO

categories : real estate

Cavendish Maxwell, a leading independent chartered surveying firm and property consultants in the Middle East, has appointed Chris Taylor, former CEO at Abu Dhabi Finance as the new Group CEO.

This appointment is in line with Cavendish Maxwell’s plans to expand operations further across the region with new offices and service lines.

In 2021, the company opened its fourth office in the UAE in Ajman and an office in Manama, Bahrain, establishing presence in three countries including Oman.

Commenting on the appointment Jay Grant, Founder and Chairman, said: “It is a privilege to welcome Chris as Group CEO of Cavendish Maxwell. He is an innovative and strategic thinker who perfectly represents the high expectations and professional standards we set here. I am very excited to be working with him as we continue our ambitious regional growth strategy.

“Recent times have provided an opportunity to reflect on the position and future of the business and we are receptive to embracing the positive changes Chris will introduce. We have an incredible team of people and a highly creative energy, both of which Chris recognises. His ideas, ambition and style of leadership are very much welcomed by all of us.”

Taylor brings over 25 years of experience in real estate and financial services, with the last 14 years based in the UAE, most recently with Abu Dhabi Finance. Taylor was instrumental in building an impressive portfolio of assets through a strategy of geographic expansion and product diversification.

During his time there, Abu Dhabi Finance received many accolades including Top 3 SME Great Place to Work, Best Retail Finance Company and Best Home Finance Company. Before joining Abu Dhabi Finance, Taylor was the acting CEO for the National Bank of Fujairah and was responsible for leading the bank through the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to relocating to the UAE, Taylor worked at Bank of America and Deloitte across Europe and North America.

Taylor is a chartered accountant (ACA) and is currently the vice president of the INSEAD National Alumni Association in the UAE.

Taylor said: “It’s an exciting time to join Cavendish Maxwell as we embark on the next phase of growth and expansion. I’m looking forward to working with Jay and the senior management team as we expand our thriving business into new markets and introduce new service lines to meet client demand. We have a team of outstanding people across our offices and will look to strengthen our position as a trusted, innovative and exceptional professional services firm in the region.”

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