Bruntwood makes senior hire from Regus

Phil Kemp, managing director of formats at Regus, the international serviced office operator, joins the Manchester-headquartered family-owned commercial developer as chief commercial officer to “support the company’s ambitious growth plans in the coming years.”

Bruntwood said in a statement released at the weekend “Kemp will be responsible for further developing the customer proposition, marketing, sales and digital activity for the company.”

Before joining Regus in September 2012, Kemp spent 14 years at Nokia, with spells in New Zealand and China.

“This is a great time to join Bruntwood,” Kemp said. “The company is committed to over a £1bn of further property development, and is uniquely positioned to continue to differentiate from traditional property companies and be a disruptor in the market. I am looking forward to evolving the customer proposition in order to grow market share, particularly in the science and technology sectors across the Bruntwood group of companies including Manchester Science Partnerships. From the collaboration with Central Manchester Hospital Trust and Cisco, launching Manchester’s Tech Hub and the scale of the life science cluster at Alderley Park; the breadth and depth of what this business does is incredibly exciting and has such a positive impact on the city regions in which it operates.”

Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood, added: “The combination of innovating and launching new brands, products and services at Regus coupled with the international outlook and strong technology background with Nokia, is exactly the type of skillset we need to complement our senior team. Of most importance, however, is the fact that he is clearly highly motivated by our vision of making our city regions greater and is an excellent fit with the unique culture and values of our business.”

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