Chris O’Donnell is Chief Executive Officer for Nakheel, and in his role, he directly oversees all company operations and developments, and plays a key role in the strategic direction of the company. He reports to Nakheel’s Executive Chairman.
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry across a broad spectrum of areas, including Construction, Project Management, Development Management, Funds Management and Asset Management.
Before joining Nakheel in June 2006, Chris spent five years as Managing Director of Investa Property Group in Australia where, under his leadership, the Australian Stock Exchange listed company increased its funds under management from A$800 million to A$6.2 billion.
A number of transactions were conducted during this period including a hostile takeover of Principal Office Fund (A$1.9bn) in 2003 and the acquisition of one of the largest residential property companies in Australia, Clarendon Property Group Pty Limited (A$645m) in 2005.
Chris has also held other senior executive positions with prominent Australian organisations including Lend Lease,
Leighton and Westpac Banking Corporation. With a keen personal focus on sustainability and environmental issues, Chris was appointed a Director of the Green Building Council of Australia in 2004 and, during that year, was recognised by the NSW Government Department of Energy Utilities and Sustainability named as the Green Globe Ambassador.
Qualifications and Associations:
Diploma of Business (Real Estate Management) (DipBus)
New Zealand Certificate in Building (NZCB)
Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (Affiliate) (AIQS (Affil))
Fellow of Australian Property Institute (FAPI)