Property group Himor has appointed Andrew McFarlane, the head of Colliers International's Manchester office, as a non-executive director.
Himor, based in Newton-le-Willows, said the move would help with its expansion plans.
McFarlane graduated with a degree in land management and qualified as a chartered surveyor at Hillier Parker in London.
He later joined Threadneedle as an investment surveyor on the Eagle Star Life Fund before moving to J Trevor & Webster which, through a series of mergers, became part of Colliers.
After working in London for 15 years he moved to Manchester where he has been based for the last 10 years.
He said: "Himor is a dynamic company that is quickly establishing itself as a key player in the regional property market and continues to perform well despite the challenging economic climate."
Will Ainscough, Himor's managing director, said: "Andrew is a fantastic addition to our board. His knowledge and experience in the investment and property market will help us achieve our expansion plans."
Himor is owned by Ainscough and his father Bill, who is also the chairman and owner of Langtree and Wainhomes.